Updated: Dec 28, 2020
About 2 weeks ago, I took a poll on my Instagram stories and asked my community of women that if they could wave a magic wand and get rid of either mood swings, acne, or bloating, which they would choose. The winner by a clear margin was acne! Well, I hear you and I’m definitely going to be providing more resources on one of my FAVORITE topics: skincare.
One of the ways hormonal imbalances can manifest is in our skin texture. Many women experience monthly breakouts well into their 20s and 30s. Today I wanted to begin introducing some great foods and nutrients that you can eat to support your skincare routine and health regimine with a simple, easy, and satisfying snack: Chia Pudding with Berries.
Chia seeds are an awesome superfood that contain healthy fats like Omega 3, 6, and 9, which are fabulous for skin and brain health. The protein and fiber makes them filling, helpful for your blood sugar, and helps metabolize estrogen properly. Magnesium and tryptophan act as mood support, and zinc helps with inflammation. Honey is a natural sweetener that also contains tryptophan. This won’t send your blood sugar crashing, but a little insulin spike brings the tryptophan to your brain to help make serotonin. Raspberries are a natural source of salicylic acid, aka your acne-fighting BFF, while strawberries contain more Vitamin C than oranges do, which is amazing for giving you glowing, hydrated skin. This may not be the magic wand we were wishing for, but it packs a ton of benefits, it’s easy to make, and in conjunction with balancing your hormones and proper skin care usage, can help you achieve your desired skin results:
3 tbsp chia seeds
¾ cup non-dairy milk
1 tbsp honey or other natural sweetener
Strawberries & raspberries (as desired)
Put chia seeds in a container or bowl (I use a jar with a lid, but a bowl will work fine)
Pour in non-dairy milk and add honey
Set aside for a minimum of 20-30 minutes in the fridge so that the pudding can thicken. Personally, I like to let it sit overnight because I like a thicker consistency.
Top with raspberries and strawberries and enjoy!