It’s always sunny somewhere….
Today the sun is shining in London Town! I am Inspired by the warmth and the bright clothes that people are wearing today. And I had to get in that kitchen. I bring you Skin friend stuffed pepper boats. The recipe is full of ingredients that will have you glowing from the inside out. And it contains a good amount of low histamine foods. If you are susceptible high histamine foods can cause havoc with the skin. If you think you may suffer from this there is some great reading here.
Why I like them: Beauty products are a growing passion of mine and essential for good skin. Eating Skin Friendly foods will also help you get the skin you want.
What’s not in it: Soy, gluten, Coconut
Key Ingredients: Broccoli for Vitamin C to help with Collagen production: Spring onions for prebiotics which give an excellent environment for probiotics. Healthy stomach means healthy skin. Mushrooms containing Vitamin D. Vitamin D is essential for skin regeneration. Mushrooms also include things like zinc which helps the skin against acne and Quinoa and watermelon which are low histamine foods. Some foods are rich in histamine or can block the process that breaks down histamine or can actively cause histamine to be released. If you do have a histamine intolerance then it is best to eat products which are low in histamine. Other Low histamine foods in this recipe include peppers, broccoli, mushrooms, beetroot and extra-virgin olive oil.
Skin type: Good for all skins
Vegan: No but Vegetarian
Skin Friendly Pepper Boats with feta and chilli
I bought the pepppers and then went to a salad bar and got all the veggie ingredients already prepared. This is an awesome shortcut when you want to throw this together. The important thing is to make it your own. Do use the veg that you and yours love to eat and then pull it all together with some olive oil. Ordinarily I would add some balsamic or citrus but in the interest of low histamine skin friend foods I am using just olive oil. However I have also included my recipe for a simple flavoursome dressing below if you are not bothered about the whole histamine thing. Almonds are both good and bad for your skin depending on who you are. Good as they contain Vitamin E which protects against environmental nasties like UV rays and oxidative stress. But if according to the Whole30 diet, you have a histamine intolerance, then they are best avoided.
4 pointy red peppers, sliced in half from top to tail and seeds discarded
1 handful of cooked beetroot finely chopper or 1/2 a raw beetroot spiralised
1/2 tin of black beans, drained (not blacked eyed beans. Black beans have much more protein in)
100g of quinoa (cooked)
1 large handful of frozen peas, cooked
1 handful of sweetcorn
100g of shiitake (or any) mushrooms, cooked
1/2 broccoli floret, cooked
100g of feta crumbled (you can replace with Tofu or Seitan for your Veganista guests)
1/2 mango finely choppped (optional)
2 handfuls of watermelon finely chopped
3 spring onions finely chopped
1 handful of almonds
salt and pepper
6 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp of of sherry vinegar
1 tsp of honey
1 tsp of mustard
salt and pepper
The peppers are great served raw if you like. If you fancy cooking them pop them in preheat oven at 200c and cook them for 5-10 minutes. Then leave them to cool. As they cook prepare the rest of your ingredients. Buy them ready prepared as much as possible. This way you can spend more time in the sun topping up that tan. And hanging out with guests. Scatter all of the ingredients on to the peppers. Then season with salt and pepper. Then drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Or you can put all the dressing ingredients together in a bowl. Then whisk everything up and serve with your peppers that way.
Do you follow a skin friendly diet? Or are you more focused on what you put on your face? Comment below or contact me on instagram @lorrainepascale. And if you spot any typos let me know and I will correct them.