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30 Vegan Pro Skin Recipes To Get Your Complexion Glowing

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By Lora O’Brien

Hands up if you entered the new year not looking and feeling your best? Chapped lips? Dry, lifeless skin? Redness? Eczema? No energy? Check, check, check!

It’s no surprise that the winter months can wreak havoc with the appearance of our skin. From the harsh weather outside and the drying central heating inside, many factors play a part in stealing our much sought after glow.

We’ve already got your skincare routine sorted with our winter skin survival guide, but what about your diet? What we eat plays a huge role in the appearance of our skin. And when you feed your body the right foods, this will shine through – quite literally – and have your skin looking and feeling amazing. But what should you be eating, exactly?

The best – and worst – foods for skin

High stress levels, a lack of exercise, poor sleeping patterns, smoking and low hydration can all make your skin look dull. But a diet high in saturated fats, fried food, and Omega 6 fats (safflower, corn oil, etc), white flour and sugar will take its toll on your health – and your skin.

In fact, a diet too high in omega-6 fats may promote inflammation, including inflammatory conditions of your skin like psoriasis. On the other hand, omega-3 fats (which are mainly found in fish oils, but are also in chia seeds, walnuts and soya beans) reduce inflammation in your body — including in your skin.

Pro-skin foods to bring to the plate

Speaking of good fats: avocados are great for your skin, as they contain compounds that can protect your skin from sun damage thanks to their high monounsaturated fat content. They’re also a good source of essential fatty acids, which your body cannot make itself. Avocados are a good source of vitamin E, too, which is important to protect your skin from oxidative damage Tip: vitamin E seems to be more effective when combined with vitamin C. These vitamins are found in good concentrations in spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin.

Vitamin C itself is also essential for healthy skin. Your skin needs it to create collagen, which is the main structural protein that keeps your skin strong and healthy – most fresh fruits are high in this vitamin, and orange-coloured fruit and veg are also high in beta-carotene, which can help protect against sun damage.

Red veggies, especially tomatoes, contain this, as well as lutein and lycopene, which have been shown to  help prevent wrinkling.

And here’s some really good news: eating 70% (or higher) cocoa daily can be phenomenal for your skin: one study showed that after 6–12 weeks of consuming a cocoa powder high in antioxidants each day, participants experienced thicker, more hydrated skin. Their skin was also less rough and scaly, less sensitive to sunburn and had better blood flow — which brings more nutrients to your skin. Another study found that eating 20 grams of high-antioxidant dark chocolate per day could allow your skin to withstand over twice as much UV radiation before burning versus eating low-antioxidant chocolate.

We may not think much about minerals, but zinc is essential for your skin to function properly as a barrier, as well as necessary for wound healing and combatting both bacteria and inflammation. Mushrooms are full of the stuff.

What you drink matters as much as what you eat, and the best thing to gulp down is – you guessed it – green tea. It can help protect your skin from sun damage, and one study demonstrated that daily green tea drinking can reduce redness by 25%, as well as improve hydration, roughness, thickness and skin elasticity.

In short, here are some really great ingredients to start eating to change the appearance of your skin:

  • Avocado
  • Walnuts
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Berries & fruit
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Bell peppers
  • Green tea
  • Chocolate
  • Tomatoes
  • Beetroot
  • Soya
  • Coconut
  • Mushrooms

Still in need of a little inspiration? Below is an assortment of vegan recipes that will not only taste delicious, but have you looking and feeling fabulous, too!

vegan recipes for glowing skin

1. Pineapple, Coconut & Macadamia Milk Smoothie

Fruits and veggies contain powerful antioxidants that are important for maintaining a healthy glow, and Chia seeds contain Omega 3 fats, so this glowing smoothie is like sippin’ on some pro-skin sunshine. Which we all need when its wintry and cold outside, am I right?

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

2. Pineapple Detox Smoothie

This recipe looks basic, but it has lots of glowing ingredients in it such as pineapple, spinach and soya milk. Mixing ice with it makes it almost like a slushie in texture, but simply leave the ice out if you’d prefer. Bright, vibrant and 100% delicious!

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

3. Overnight Chia Pudding

Kickstart your day with a healthy breakfast! Chia pudding not only tastes great, but the fibre will keep you sustained for longer. Packed with skin-glowing fruit, this breakfast feels more like an indulgent snack.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

4. Vegan Wild Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothie Bowl

Sure, cheesecake is delicious, but it’s SUPER calorific and bad for you. But this cheesecake inspired smoothie bowl is not only good for you, but also like eating dessert for breakfast and who’s gonna say no to that?!

Get the recipe here.

5. Glowing Vegan Turmeric Oats

Turmeric is a potent healing ingredient. Not only does is it an anti-inflammatory, but it’s also rich in antioxidants and great for cleansing the body and helping skin to look youthful and glowing. Mixed with creamy cashew milk and topped with banana slices and dessicated coconut, this is a rich and wholesome breakfast dish.

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

6. Vegan Fry Up

Fry ups don’t usually inspire the image of clear skin. But this vegan version is great for your complexion, thanks to the tomatoes, mushrooms and avocado, too.

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

7. Mango Avocado Toast

Looking for a fun and tasty way to reinvent your avocado toast? Add some mango! Not only is this exotic fruit great at protecting our skin, but it also has twice the amount of vitamin C found in oranges, so if you have dry skin mangos will help to revitalise skin as the fruit helps skin retain its moisture. Not to mention they’re pretty damn yummy!

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

8. Vegan Stuffed Peppers

Not a fan of peppers? Stuffing them is a real game changer! They’re savoury, simple and require only 10 ingredients to make. This hearty, healthy, plant-based meal is loaded with peppers, cauliflower rice, black beans, salsa and smoky seasonings. Yummy.

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

9. Basil Cucumber Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing

This is a handy little recipe to serve up as a side salad. Cucumbers are great for maintaining healthy skin and hair, and their crisp, watery texture are perfect in a salad. Throw in some cauliflower, red onion and basil and it’s ready to be tossed in the creamy lemon dressing. You could turn this salad into a lunch dish by adding some avocado chunks and hemp seeds for more great Omega 3s.

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

10. Cilantro Lemon Sunflower Seed Dip

If you’re looking for a dip that’s creamy, healthy AND good for you – this is the dip! Simply soak the seeds in water beforehand, and they blend down super easily and make a creamy texture in next to no time. Use this as a dip, a salad dressing or even smear some in your sarnie!

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

11. Vegan Tomato Pasta

Craving a bowl of delicious tomato pasta? This dish shows you how to make a super quick, easy and cheap tomato sauce. Simply cook up some pasta, and top it with the sauce and garnish as you please! Olives, basil and chopped walnuts go great with this dish.

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

12. Glowing Carrot Turmeric Soup

Soup can be made in no time, and this dish is loaded with goodness! From the healing turmeric, ginger and garlic to the creamy coconut milk, this wholesome soup can be made in 30 minutes and is delicious served with some rustic sourdough bread.

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

13. Walnut ‘Meat’ Tacos

Forget splashing the cash on overpriced vegan mock meats – this easy 10-minute taco ‘meat’ recipe is made with walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, spices and peppers. It’s the perfect balance of smokiness and is loaded with protein and healthy fats. Use it in tacos, on top of nachos or mixed into a salad.

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

14. Sweet Potato Coconut Curry

When it’s winter and the weather is cold and miserable, we need to bring some vibrancy to our plate. This fragrant curry is rich with earthy and lightly sweet potatoes, served with chewy brown rice and a sprinkle of cilantro and lime, and is the perfect meal to keep us all warm and satisfied.

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

15. Oil-Free Pesto with Basil and Avocado

Cashews are rich in selenium, which is good for the health, mood, and appearance of our skin, and they make up the base of this super simple oil-free pesto sauce. Instead of oil, avocado is used making it both lighter, creamy and decadent. You can also customise this pesto in different ways by switching out the herbs and nuts, and if you don’t have cashews on hand, try some walnuts!

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

16. Smashed Chickpea Avocado Sandwich

Sandwiches have a reputation for being bad for us, but they can be made healthily. Ditch white bread and instead choose one with grains, if possible. And load it with lots of tasty ingredients, such as smashed chickpea, avocado and sprouts!

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

17. Ginger & Turmeric Broth

It may be a broth, but this dish is pretty much the elixir for glowing skin! It’s flavoursome, spicy and warming. You can sip on this broth like a savoury tea, or it can be turned into a substantial meal with the addition of noodles, mushrooms, bok choi and baked tofu chunks.

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

18. Coconut Curry Ramen with Marinated Mushrooms

Ramen noodles are topped with delicious, marinated mushrooms. The mushrooms add a meaty texture to this dish, and because they’re so absorbent they take on the flavour of whatever you add to them. In this dish, they’re coated in soy sauce, ginger, curry powder, chilli sauce and a dash of maple syrup, resulting in mushrooms that are simply packed with flavour.

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

19. Vegan Glow Bowl

Vegan bowls are a great way to consume lots of goodness in one delicious meal. And this glow bowl is aptly named; packed with incredible skin nutrients that will help us all to glow from the inside out, the fresh fruits, veggies, whole grains and citrus dressing will bring a glow back to even the dullest of skin.

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

20. Jalapeño Black Bean Burgers

A burger that’s not only good for us, but also won’t make us break out in spots? Yes, please! Beans are the base of these burger patties and they’re a rich source of fibre and protein, making them really filling. Skip on the stodgy burger bun and enjoy these bunless, or served up in a lettuce bibb.

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

21. Vegan Ranch Pizza

Think you have to banish carbs to get your glow on? Think again! Instead of ordering take-out pizza, try making your own. This recipe uses whole wheat flour, but you can choose from some healthier bases instead, such as sourdough, chia seeds, cauliflower etc. Topped with veggies, this pizza is both light and healthy.

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

22. Baked Avocado with Salad & Dried Fruit

Find the idea of eating brussels sprouts unappealing? Think again! This raw sprouts salad mixed with dried fruits and a ton of other good stuff is bright, crunchy with sweet and salty flavours complementing one another and will change your mind forever! Serve on top of a baked avocado for a quick and easy lunch recipe.

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

23. Beet Fried Rice

How amazing is the colour of this dish? Beets make everything prettier! This beet fried rice is made by stir-frying diced beets with coconut oil, curry paste and spices crisping them all up in a pan with some cooked brown rice. Add in some stir-fried vegetables to make this a heartier meal.

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

24. Mushroom Cannelloni With Sunflower Seed Cream

Typically stuffed with meat or cheese, these cannelloni have had a vegan makeover and are stuffed with a vegetable filling instead. White button and Porcini mushrooms are sautéed with aromatics and cheesy nutritional yeast, then blended and stuffed inside cannelloni. It’s all  finished off with a simple yet creamy sunflower seed cream and garnished with fresh dill.

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

25. Purple Rice Sushi

This sushi has glowing skin written all over it! It’s packed with carrots, tofu and avocado, which all work to help our skin look and feel its best. And that purple rice? It’s from the purple in cabbage.

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

26. Broccoli & Spinach Pâté Tart

Popeye was onto something with the spinach, y’know? Not only does it protect our skin against the harsh, winter weather, it also protects us from dryness thanks to its high zinc content. Need some spinach inspo? These savoury tarts are filled with a creamy pâté made from avocado puréed with spinach and broccoli.

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

27. Coconut Macaroons

These coconut macaroons require no baking, have only 4-ingredients and can literally be made in minutes. They’re sweet, bursting with coconut flavour and make a great go-to snack. when you’re in a rush

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

28. Walnut Mint Stuffed Dates

Dates make a delicious snack. Not only are they described as being nature’s candy due to their natural sweetness, but they’re also full of antioxidants and vitamins. Eat them alone or stuff them with walnuts and nutty paste like this recipe.

Get the recipe here.

29. Vegan Strawberry Matcha Brownie Tarts

Don’t let the word brownie fool you – zero baking is required to make these delicious tarts! The crust is made from a walnut, almond and cacao powder mix and is completely raw. They’re then topped with a matcha cream filling and sweet, juicy strawberries. The bold flavours of carob and nuts pair perfectly with the smooth, rich flavours of matcha – and you’re getting a skin hit of green tea, cacao and walnuts!

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

30. Hot, Milky Turmeric

Sometimes, you just need a hot, creamy drink – and this turmeric milk will truly hit the spot! The almond milk is infused with turmeric, cardamom, coconut sugar and vanilla. It’s delicious and super healthy, and just the thing to warm up cold winter bones!

Get the recipe here.

vegan recipes for glowing skin

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