Your bathroom cabinet may be bursting with skincare products—from your trusty drugstore brand to that ill-advised, incredibly overpriced Goop recommendation—but there’s a better place to look for complexion perfection. In fact, you probably already spend a lot of time there: Yep, we’re talking about your kitchen. And, sure, the right products can certainly help you fight acne, ward off signs of aging, and combat other skin woes, but why not start with what you’re putting in your body, rather than on it? We tapped Carla Oates, founder of The Beauty Chef, for fresh (and delicious!) recipes designed to help keep skin healthy. Because you don’t need a ton of bronzer to fake a gorgeous glow—you just need the right products in your pantry.
Energy-Boosting Glow, Berry, and Cinnamon Smoothie
This smoothie is jam-packed with nutrients: Blueberries are rich in anti-inflammatory antioxidants that give your skin a radiant boost. Chia seeds are a great source of fiber, omega-3s, and protein, which makes them super nourishing and collagen-building. The almond milk is full of skin-repairing vitamin E, and that burst of cinnamon acts as a wrinkle fighter. Plus, the Beauty Chef’s GLOW Inner Beauty Powder includes prebiotics and probiotics, which support and balance digestive health—good skin begins in your gut.
Chocolate Nut Crunch Bars
Chia is high in omega-3, calcium, protein, fiber, iron, antioxidants, and vitamin B. And BODY Inner Beauty Powder boasts three premium sources of clean plant protein—from easily digested fermented brown rice, organic peas, and organic chia seeds—naturally completing the amino acid profile. Blend this mix of potent nutrients from 25 organic, fermented whole foods, including health-boosting alkalizing greens and nutrient dense fruits, with anti-oxidant rich spices to reach 100 percent of your recommended daily intake of vitamins C and K, and vitamins B2, B3, and B6.
Raw Fennel, Beetroot, and Carrot Salad With Buckwheat
This enzyme-rich salad is not only packed with plant nutrients like beetroot and fennel—crucial for maintaining skin health—but it’s also a great dish when you need an energy boost, and the ingredients help remove toxins from the body. Tahini, a formidable skin food made from sesame seeds, is full of vitamin E and anti-inflammatory magnesium, which can be helpful for skin conditions like eczema and acne.
Low-Calorie Glow Bliss Balls
These delicious, addictive snacks are rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants, protein, essential fatty acids, prebiotics and probiotics. Incorporate GLOW Inner Beauty Powder into Bliss Balls for a super nutritious, high protein snack. These are perfect to satiate afternoon or mid-morning sweet cravings—plus, they nourish, moisturize, and protect the body and skin from the inside out.
Almond Milk Bircher Museli with Honey Labne
Bircher muesli is a great way to start your day—it’s packed full of fiber and skin-boosting goodness, and it tastes great too. Fiber cleanses the bowels, oats provide silica, which helps to maintain skin elasticity, and dates are a rich source of skin-rejuvenating minerals, including potassium and A, C, K, and B vitamins. Chia seeds and linseeds are rich in omega-3s, which help moisturize the skin from the inside, while sunflower seeds are a great source of skin-rejuvenating vitamin E. And sheep’s yogurt full of good bacteria, which promotes digestive health and can improve the look of your skin. If you don’t feel like making the honey labne, a simple dollop of plain yogurt is just as tasty.
High-Fiber Yum Chai Smoothie
This delicious recipe is chock full of protein and nutrients, and it will help boost your metabolism and curb cravings—making it perfect for breakfast or an afternoon meal supplement.
Quinoa Pilaf with Spinach, Feta, and Almonds Salad
Quinoa contains high levels of B vitamins, vitamin E, foliate, proteins, magnesium, potassium, zinc, manganese, selenium, iron, and phosphorus. And turmeric, a trendy ingredient, is abundant in antioxidant curcumin—numerous studies prove the anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory, and protective properties of this incredible herb.
Chia Berry Coconut Pudding
Chia seeds are high in antioxidants, and antioxidants fight the production of free radicals, which can damage molecules in cells and contribute to aging and diseases like cancer. Plus, the unique fatty acids in coconut milk help to aid weight loss, improve immune function, reduce heart disease risk, and improve skin and hair health.