I recently traveled to Philadelphia with my husband, and he took me to a popular French brunch spot. The problem was that everything on the menu was greasy and heavy. I would usually indulge on a weekend, but I had a live TV appearance that night. For me, a great choice when you don't feel like overindulging is berries, granola, and greek yogurt—pretty much a staple on every brunch menu and also so easy to make at home. Not only are berries packed with antioxidants, but they're also rich in fiber and great for keeping you full longer.
I love digging into hummus made with sunflower seeds. I enjoy it with fresh veggies as a great meal replacement or midday snack. Sunflower seeds can, of course, be eaten raw, but who wants to deal with shells on the go? Including them in hummus is a great alternative. There are so many easy sunflower hummus recipes that can be enjoyed. What I love is that sunflower seeds contain vitamin E, which is known for its soothing and anti-inflammatory properties, Overall, I've noticed fewer breakouts since incorporating more seeds into my diet.
My sister, Kristina Robles, is a dietitian with a master's degree in nutrition. I love visiting her and my niece for her tasty homemade gluten-free meals. One of my favorites, which is surprisingly easy to make, is her chia seed pudding. This recipe can vary, but hers is ¼ cup organic chia seeds, 1 cup almond or coconut milk, ¼ teaspoon vanilla, sweetened with 1 tablespoon raw honey, and an option to add 2 tablespoons almond butter (which I totally recommend). This is a combine-and-shake type of recipe. If you use a mason jar, it takes less than five minutes. Leave it in the fridge overnight, and you will wake up to a delicious and healthy breakfast that will keep you fueled all morning. Kristina says, "Chia seeds are gluten-free and high in protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids, which keep your skin supple." The trick to glowing skin never tasted this good.
I'm a sucker for Italian food but try my best to stay gluten-free. Leave out the bread and pasta altogether with this recipe. Fresh garden tomatoes are mixed with olive oil, fresh pepper, and shaved raw Parmesan. Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, which helps to keep skin firm by boosting collagen production. The red pigment in tomatoes, called lycopene, is said to protect your skin from sun damage, a delicious antiaging bonus! Because I'm a cheese lover, I opt for raw Parmesan, which is easier to digest because of the natural enzymes; it's also lower in fat than other cheeses and low-lactose. Make sure to leave out the Parmesan if you have an intolerance to dairy.
I couldn't write a healthy snack roundup without mentioning kale! I actually love the taste, and chicken Caesar salad using kale is one of my favorite meals. For anyone who finds it tough to eat, I encourage you to blend a few leaves into your favorite smoothie. I promise you won't taste it, and you will get all of the great skin benefits. Kale contains a surplus of antioxidants, which help detoxify your body from within. My favorite smoothie has a little bit of everything, including almond milk, a scoop of almond butter, greek yogurt, berries, raw honey, and a few leaves of kale.
Speaking of honey, this is another ingredient that does wonders for your skin. My facialist, Ildi Pekar, has this to say about it: "The best snack to eat is raw honey, and the best part is that you can top it on almost any fruit. Raw honey contains five enzymes, six different vitamins, eight distinctive lipids, 12 minerals, 17 trace elements, 18 amino acids (proteins), 18 bioflavonoids (also known as antioxidants), and 26 aroma compounds, making it a special healing ingredient that works its magic inside and out."
For more of Lindsay's favorite healthy foods, see her quick and easy breakfasts during weekdays.