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Pasta Salad with Mozzarella, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Olives

Because this Makes 12 servings, you don't to feel bad about the Cheese. You Have the control, after all, right? 6 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 tablespoons capers, drained 1 clove garlic, chopped 1 pound Campenelle pasta 1 large red-ripe tomato, diced 8 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into chunks 1 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves 1 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese 1/2 cup oil-cured black olives, pitted & halved Add the olive oil, sun-dried tomatoes, red wine vinegar, capers, & garlic to the bowl of a food processor. Blend until the tomatoes are coarsely chopped. Set aside. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta until al dente. Drain & transfer to a large mixing bowl. Add the dressing & toss to coat. Cool to room temperature, tossing occasionally. Add the tomatoes, mozzarella, basil, Parmesan, & olives. Toss to combine. Taste & season with salt & pepper, if needed.
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Acne - What to Eat, What Not to Eat
No matter how much we prevent it, acne can still find its way to form on - or under, or even both - our skin. In most cases the acne is mild and will go away on its own (or quicker if you take some form of acne medication) but it’s also common to see acne breakouts happening so frequently despite a number of medications used - a condition that we know as acne-prone skin. Here’s what you need to know about this skin issue and why it can happen to all of us. Diet for acne-prone skin; what the skin needs? We used to read that acne-prone skin happens mostly among oily skin types and while that can be true, the latest studies and discoveries indicate that acne-prone skin can happen to all of us regardless of skin type. Yes, even dry or sensitive skin type can suffer from an acne problem! This is due to the fact that acne can form due to a number of factors. And in most cases, several factors together cause acne breakouts and not just one single factor. But rest assured, there are several types of acne treatment available to make your skin belmish-free. Since this is a multi-factoral skin issue, dermatologists usually need to prescribe multiple medications and treatments - but the main focus will be on your dietary habits and leading a healthy lifestyle. How does diet affect our skin? The diet plays a big role when it comes to the overall health of our skin. After all, what we eat shows on our skin. For the acne-prone skin, there are some foods that you need to avoid, replacing them with foods that you need to eat instead. Multiple studies have shown that certain food groups cause acne. Refined sugar, also known as high-glycemic carbohydrates, is very inflammatory for acne-prone skin. Carbs and sugar trigger a spike in insulin which is a type of hormone. Excess of this hormone causes the oil glands within the skin to produce more oil and in turn, increases the chance of you getting acne. Other food groups such as dairy and trans-fat are also found to cause acne on our skin but high-glycemic carbohydrates cause the most damage. Since we know these food groups cause acne, replacing them with foods that are known to minimize the chances of your skin developing acne - and the chance of them coming back in the future - is the right way to go. What foods are believed to help your skin? The opposite of high-glycemic carbohydrates is the low-glycemic sources that we know as complex carbohydrates. These are beneficial for the skin. Such foods are high in vitamins A, E, and B vitamins as well as minerals that are beneficial in reducing inflammation. Besides this, they also speed up the skin healing process, and strengthen the skin barrier. This helps your skin to be more resilient and able to heal the acne or even prevent any acne from happening. Examples of foods that are in the complex carbs category include whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies, and legumes. Other food groups that you can add to your diet are protein sources from poultry and fish. Besides this, fatty fish such as salmon and mackerel are good anti-inflammatory foods and beneficial to heal inflamed skin. There’s no specific rule for this diet. Just trying to include them as the major part of your diet is the key to ensure your skin gets enough healthy nutrients to eliminate potential factors that can cause you acne.
The Vegan Food Plate: Complete Vegan Nutrition Guide
Plant-based nutrition contains only plants and foods made from plants. Vegans do not eat foods that come from animals, including dairy products and eggs. Plant-based nutrition contains only plants and foods made from plants. Vegans do not eat foods that come from animals, including dairy products and eggs. A plant-based diet is often considered to be healthy and to help reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes. However, it is also associated with certain risks, so vegans who want to keep healthy need to make sure they eat a nutrient-rich diet with whole and fortified foods. However, it may be difficult for vegan nutrition beginners to plan their meals and ensure that their diet supplies all the nutrients they need to remain strong and healthy. Here are foods that should be part of a healthy plant-based diet: *tofu and other meat substitutes *legumes *fruits and vegetables *whole grains, cereals, and pseudocereals *nuts, nut butter, and seeds *calcium-fortified plant milk and yogurts *edible algae *nutritional yeast *sprouted and fermented plant foods Vegans who want to remain healthy and prevent nutrient deficiencies should stick to a well-planned plant-based diet that includes sufficient quantities of nutrient-dense foods. Dieticians recommend adding fresh fruits and vegetables to every meal and cutting down on processed foods that are high in sodium, sugar, and saturated fat. Nevertheless, it might be difficult for some vegans to eat these foods in sufficient amounts. In such cases, supplements are a good option to consider. This is a brief overview of the nutrition guide. Check out the full post at https://happyvegan.life/the-vegan-food-plate-complete-vegan-nutrition-guide/
Creamy Vegan Garlic Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes
INGREDIENTS 3 cups grape tomatoes, halved 10 ounces whole wheat pasta (such as penne, linguini or fettuccini | Use less if you want a higher sauce:pasta ratio) Olive oil 2 medium shallots, diced 8 large cloves garlic, minced/grated Sea salt and black pepper 3-4 Tbsp unbleached all purpose flour (or another thickener of choice)* 2.5 cups unsweetened plain Almond Breeze (you could also sub up to 1 cup with veggie stock) INSTRUCTIONS Preheat oven to 400 degrees and toss tomatoes in a bit of olive oil and sea salt. Place cut side up on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes while you prepare the rest of the dish. Then set aside. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook pasta according to package instructions. When done, drain, cover and set aside. In the meantime, prepare the sauce. In a large skillet over medium-low heat, add 1 Tbsp olive oil and the garlic and shallot. Add a pinch of salt and black pepper and stir frequently, cooking for 3-4 minutes until softened and fragrant. Stir in 3-4 Tbsp flour (or other thickener of choice – see notes) and mix with a whisk. Once combined, slowly whisk in the almond milk a little at a time so clumps don’t form. Add another healthy pinch of salt and black pepper, bring to a simmer and continue cooking for another 4-5 minutes to thicken. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. (Optional: You can also add a few shakes of vegan parmesan for extra flavor at this time if you wish.) If you want an ultra creamy sauce, transfer sauce to a blender (or use an immersion blender) to blend the sauce until creamy and smooth. Place back in pan and reduce heat to a low simmer until desired thickness is reached. Once the sauce is to your desired thickness, taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Then add pasta and roasted tomatoes and stir. Serve immediately and garnish with extra black pepper, fresh basil and/or vegan parmesan cheese.
How Skin Supplements Enhance Your Beauty
The foundation of healthy skin is a consistent skincare routine. Using sunscreen on a daily basis, along with potent active ingredients such as retinol to prevent signs of ageing, vitamin C to brighten the skin, and hyaluronic acid (HA) to restore moisture, can help to maintain or improve skin tone and texture. Even the best skincare regimens, however, cannot solve every problem. This is where the adage "beauty from within" comes into play. If your topical skincare products aren't giving you the results you want, an oral supplement may be able to help boost the benefits from the inside out. It is undeniable that what we eat, including food and supplements, has an effect on our skin. Vitamins, minerals, nutrients, and herbs can all have a direct impact on the skin and protect it from environmental aggressors that cause ageing signs. Other factors, such as stress, have an effect on our skin. Sleep, stress, and inflammation supplements can truly improve skin quality from the inside out. How Supplements Enhance The Benefits Of Skincare Supplements improve your skincare in a variety of ways. For starters, they can provide essential vitamins and minerals that our bodies require for healthy skin cells and hair follicles. This is especially important as we get older. Many of our naturally occurring proteins and vitamins deplete as we age, and supplements help to replenish this loss while also supporting the building blocks of our bodies. Second, they can stimulate the production of proteins or minerals in our bodies. Take collagen supplements, for example. Supplemental collagen is made up of amino acid and peptide fragments. The presence of these in the bloodstream indicates that collagen is being processed as waste and is being removed. This signal initiates the body's natural processes. This causes collagen production to go into overdrive in order to replenish the collagen that is being removed. This will support and increase collagen production in a collagen-deficient system. Aother example is, beta carotene. When ingested, beta carotene is converted to vitamin A, which is responsible for stimulating fibroblasts, the cells responsible for developing tissue that keeps skin firm and healthy, and the deepest layer. Just as the quality of a topical skincare product is determined by the quality of its ingredients, the composition of a supplement is an important factor in its effectiveness. Basically, supplements address a wide range of skin issues, from blemishes and redness to skin tone and texture. Common Skin Issues That Supplements Can Help With The vitamin and supplement market is over-crowded, and every formula seems to make a lofty claim. So, how do you decide what deserves a place in your routine? To begin, decide which skin issues you want to address. Some of the most common skin concerns that supplements can help with are: collagen production, acne, redness and inflammation, and overall skin health. COLLAGEN PRODUCTION A good topical skincare routine includes collagen-stimulating ingredients such as vitamin C, retinoids, and peptides. Including an ingestible supplement to help with collagen production can result in more visible results. Most supplements promote collagen production, which is one of our skin's building blocks (proteins). Hydrolyzed collagen is the easiest to digest because it is broken down into the smallest forms of peptides and amino acids. The most impressive research focuses on collagen derived from fish scales, though bovine collagen has also been shown to be effective. Finally, the skin should be plumper, hydrated, and smoother with less fine lines and wrinkles. ACNE As previously stated, skin health is frequently a reflection of gut health. According to studies, people who suffer from digestive issues have a higher prevalence of acne or other inflammatory skin conditions. According to one study, people with acne and rosacea are 10-times more likely to have small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), a condition characterised by abnormal growth of bacteria in the small intestine. A daily probiotic can aid in the restoration of good bacteria in the gut and the development of a healthy microbiome. Supplemental vitamin A and zinc have also been shown in studies to be effective in treating acne breakouts. REDNESS & INFLAMMATION Stress-relieving supplements may be beneficial in relieving redness and inflammation. Supplements that primarily support hormone regulation, the endocrine system, and other body systems work from the inside out. The end result can range from less inflammation and redness to a brighter skin. In this case, look for calming ingredients such as adaptogenic, nervine, and herbs that support a healthy response to inflammation. These are great for helping to regulate our stress responses and soothe inflammation. Rhodiola, ashwagandha, schisandra, and even CBD can help the skin from the inside out. OVERALL SKIN HEALTH Because each person's skin is affected by different factors, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to supplements. There is no single solution to skin problems. Having said that, there are some targeted treatments that have far-reaching benefits. The Takeaway While dietary supplements can help improve skin quality, especially when combined with a well-curated skincare regimen, the quality of the formula is important. Before trying any vitamins or supplements, consult with your dermatologist to ensure they are safe and effective for your needs, just as you would when introducing a new product or treatment into your routine.
How Dairy gives You Acne
Everyone who's fighting acne, doubts this at some point in time. 'Does dairy make my acne worse?'. You may stop having dairy for a week, only to realize that it is too much trouble and you can't really tell the difference. Let's figure this out together... Research tells us that inflammatory skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema and acne are more common and more severe in those who consume a diet rich in dairy products. These skin problems are even more common in those who indulge in smoking, consume packaged food and are exposed to polluted air. Cow's milk, which is the largest consumed animal milk in the world, contains casein protein and whey protein. Both these are known to raise the levels of growth hormones in calves as well as humans. Growth hormones such as insulin-like growth factor - 1 or IGF-1 is strongly linked with increased sebum formation in our skin. After infancy our body increasingly loses its ability to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk. We know that more than 50% of the world's population is lactose intolerant. Milk and milk products trigger all sorts of allergies as well as acne. Besides this, cows and buffaloes are regularly injected with artificial hormones to increase their milk supply. When you consume dairy that is mass produced with such practices, it throws your hormones off balance. Dairy may also promote growth of unhealthy gut bacteria and cause gut inflammation. This alters the way your food is digested and absorbed, which in turn leads to vitamin deficiencies and dull skin. How to prevent dairy related skin problems? Reduce dairy intake and switch to high-fiber diet instead. Increase your intake of omega-3 rich food and supplements to achieve a blemish-free skin. Do not substitute dairy with packaged almond milk or soy milk. Consider switching to green tea or freshly brewed black coffee instead. Both of these have plenty of antioxidant benefits which boost your immunity and make your skin glow. If you plan to give a dairy-free lifestyle a try, avoid all dairy products completely for atleast 3 weeks to see the improvement. Any thing less than 2 weeks cannot give you an idea of whether dairy truly aggravates your acne. If your acne persists consider discussing diagnostic tests and acne treatment options with your dermatologist. *Dairy products include milk, yogurt, curd, buttermilk, cheese, paneer, whey protein shakes, cakes and other similar desserts.