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Stir fry recipes that are perfect for autumn   

14 Sep 2020
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Stir fry recipes that are perfect for autumn

As the seasons change, often so do our menus. Whilst summer saw BBQs and salads galore as we aimed to slim and trim for the perfect beach body, in autumn we love something a little more hearty and warming. Bliss believes that this doesn't have to mean eating unhealthily. For us, autumn recipes should include plenty of in-season veggies to warm us whilst keeping our waistlines happy. With that in mind, check out our favourite autumn recipes, all of which can be adapted for vegetarians. 
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1. Beef and Ginger Noodle Stir-Fry - serves 4
Ingredients
 500g diced steak
2 tablespoons of peanut oil
400g singapore noodles
5cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped into matchsticks
2 red chillies, thinly sliced diaganolly
200g fresh shiitake mushrooms, halved
200g baby button mushrooms, halved
1 bunch of kale, leaves only, chopped
80g oyster sauce
Lime wedges to serve
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Method
Cook noddles according to packet instructions. Meanwhile, heat a wok or frying pan over a high heat and add peanut oil. Add chilli and garlic and stir fry for one minute. Add the beef and stir-fry until browned. Add the shiitake mushrooms and cook for 2 mins. Add the baby button mushrooms and kale, and stir fry until vegetables are tender. Drain noodles and add them along with the oyster sauce. Stir-fry until heated through and serve with lime wedges. 
For a vegetarian version, replace the beef with one diced red onion and one diced green pepper, to be added with the shiitake mushrooms.
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2. Pumpkin and spinach stir fry - serves 4
Ingredients
200g brown rice
2 kaffir lime leaves
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 red onion, diced
1.5 tablespoons of grated fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, crushed or finely chopped
1kg of pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded and chopped into 2cm pieces. 
100g baby spinach leaves
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons honey
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Method
Add the rice and lime leaves to a pan and cook according to packet instructions. Meanwhile, add the oil to a wok or frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the  onion, ginger and garlic and stir-fry for one minute. Add pumpkin and cook until tender (approx 7 minutes). Add the remaining ingredients and stir-fry until spinach wilts. Drain the rice and serve. 
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3. Fish & vegetable stir-fry - serves 4
Ingredients
200g brown rice
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
350g of boneless, white fish fillets, diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed or finely chopped
1 small tin of sweetcorn
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
2 carrots, sliced
1 red onion, diced
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1 teaspoon of sesame oil
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Method
Cook rice according to packet instructions. Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan on medium-high heat. Add the garlic and stir-fry for one minute. Add fish and stir-fry until half-cooked. Add vegetables and continue to stir-fry until softened. Add the remaining ingredients and stir-fry until heated. Serve with the rice. 
For a vegetarian version, fish can be easily replaced with 500g of pumpkin or butter nut squash, or baby button mushrooms, to be added with other veggies. 
Do check back regularly for more healthy yet filling autumn recipes from Bliss. 

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Quick, easy, and delicious weeknight dinner recipes   

07 Sep 2020
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Quick, easy, and delicious weeknight dinner recipes

 

Whether you're a parent who's just sent the kids back to school, a student yourself, or basically anyone who would love evenings to be a bit easier, we're on hand to help with our easy weeknight dinner recipes. Here are some of our favourites...
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Fajita-stuffed chicken

Ingredients (serves 2)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
70g of light cream cheese
50g of light cheddar cheese, grated
 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 teaspoon of chilli powder
1 teaspoon of cajun spice
1 teaspoon of cumin
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Method
Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees.
Fry the veggies in the olive oil with a pinch of salt and pepper, until softened. 
In a bowl, mix the cooked veggies with the cream cheese and cheddar until thoroughly combined.
Season the chicken with the spices, ensuring that they are evenly distributed.
Slice a horizontal pocket in each chicken fillet and fill with the veg and cheese mix.
Cook the chicken in the oven for 10 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. 
 Serve with Mexican spiced sweet potato chips or a side salad.
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Mushroom risotto
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Ingredients (to serve 4)

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 red onion, chopped

300g risotto rice

1 garlic clove, crushed or chopped very small

200g chopped mushrooms

900ml hot vegetable stock

75g frozen peas

Salt and black pepper to taste

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Method

Heat up the olive oil in a large frying pan, then add the onion and cook on a medium-high heat.

After a couple of minutes add the rice and turn the heat down to low. Cook for about two minutes, stirring constantly.

Add the stock, mushrooms, garlic and peas. Turn the heat up to high and bring to the boil. Add plenty of salt and pepper.

When it starts to boil, turn the heat down. Cover and simmer for around 20 minutes, stirring often. If the rice seems to be sticking before it is cooked, add some more water. Once all of the water is absorbed and the rice is cooked, your risotto is ready to serve.

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Chicken burrito bowl



Ingredients

 1.5 cups of brown rice

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 chicken stock cube

2 large chicken breasts, cubed

1 white onion, diced

1 red pepper, chopped

1 red chilli, chopped

10 mushrooms, chopped

2 carrots, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 jar salsa

1 tin of black beans

Salt to taste

Black pepper to taste

Paprika to taste

Cajun seasoning to taste

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Method

 Cook the brown rice in hot water with the chicken stock cube. 

Whilst the rice is cooking heat the oil in a large frying pan. Fry the onions until softened then add the chicken. Add salt, pepper, paprika and cajun and cook until chicken is sealed. Add pepper, mushrooms, carrots and garlic and cook until veggies have softened. 

Pour over the salsa and beans. Drain the rice, add to the frying pan and mix.

Enjoy!

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Healthier fried rice

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Ingredients (to serve 4)

1 cup quinoa

1 veggie stock cube

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 white onion, chopped

4 chicken breasts, diced

2 cloves garlic, chopped

 1 handful broccoli, chopped

2 carrots, peeled and chopped

2 eggs, broken into a bowl an beaten

1 tablespoon soy sauce

Method

Rinse quinoa in cold water.

Bring quinoa and water to a boil in a medium saucepan with the veggie stock cube, and then reduce to a simmer. Season with salt.

Simmer for 15-20 minutes until quinoa is fluffy and cooked through. Remove from heat and let set for five minutes or so. Fluff with a fork.

Heat the sesame oil in a large sauté pan over a high heat. Add onion and carrot, cook about two minutes then add chicken and cook until sealed. Add remaining veg and cook until it starts to soften. 
Add the quinoa and stir-fry about two minutes. Add soy sauce and mix through. Make a well in the centre of the quinoa, pour eggs in and stir them until scrambled then mix everything together thoroughly. Serve!
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5 Top Tips for a Healthier Spring and Summer   

13 May 2020
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5 Top Tips for a Healthier Spring and Summer

It's been a strange spring, and summer probably won't be quite the same as usual either. But that's no excuse to neglect your health. In fact with many of us having extra time on our hands, and a deadly virus on the loose, it's the perfect opportunity in to invest in health and wellbeing.
1. Spring is the perfect time to cut down on drinking.
Winter consists of drinking at partys and celebrations galore, and once summer arrives we won't be able to resist a few cheeky glasses of rose in a beer garden (if we're allowed!), so now is the perfect time to give your liver a rest by taking an extra day per week off from drinking.
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2. Go meat-free on Mondays!
Instead of your favourite meat products, fuel your body with fresh, in-season fruits, veggies, nuts, beans, seeds and legumes for just one day a week.
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3. Add more fresh herbs into your diet. It's the perfect time as lots of herbs are currently in season, and they're great for gut health and boosting energy. Add them into your cooking, smoothies, salads, and wherever else you can!
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4. Take supplements, probiotics and vitamins where needed to boost health. Vitamin C is always good. Hay fever sufferers may benefit from taking quercetin to alleviate symptoms, and fish oils to reduce inflammation. 
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5. Indulge in some tech-free time to reduce stress levels. Spend your lunch break taking a walk without your phone, or if you're at home all day then take a long stroll. Make the most of the nicer weather by spending your free time enjoying the outdoors instead of binging on netflix and buzzfeed. 
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Check our blog often for the latest spring trends in beauty, fashion, food, drinks and more!

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20 Foods to boost your immune system   

20 Apr 2020
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Foods to boost your immune system

food that boosts your immune system

With Coronavirus still casting its dark shadow over the world, we continue to try to protect ourselves by staying home where possible and social distancing. However, if you are unfortunate enough to contract the virus then you can improve your chance of a speedy recovery by keeping your immune system strong. So how do you do that? Well there are certain foods you can eat that will help to give your immune system the much-needed boost.

Here are 20 of the best foods to boost your immune system.

1. Blueberries 

2. Dark chocolate 

3. Turmeric

4. Oily fish such as salmon, tuna, or pilchards

5. Broccoli

6. Sweet potatoes

7. Spinach

8. Ginger

9. Garlic

10. Green tea

11. Sunflower seeds

12. Almonds

13. Oranges (and other citrus fruits)

14. Kiwis

15. Red bell pepper

16. Greek yoghurt

17. Papaya

18. Poultry

19. Shellfish

20. Carrots

 

In the near future we will be bringing you recipes, tips, and more to help you to stay healthy during this time. Keeping stress levels low, getting enough sleep, and regular exercise are also wonderful for a healthy immune system. Stay safe and sanitised, and keep an eye on the blog for more regular updates.

 

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3 Delicious Autumn Stir-fry Recipes   

16 Sep 2019
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3 Delicious Autumn Stir-fry Recipes

As the seasons change, often so do our menus. Whilst summer saw BBQs and salads galore as we aimed to slim and trim for the perfect beach body, in autumn we love something a little more hearty and warming. Bliss believes that this doesn't have to mean eating unhealthily. For us, autumn recipes should include plenty of in-season veggies to warm us whilst keeping our waistlines happy. With that in mind, check out our favourite autumn recipes, all of which can be adapted for vegetarians. 
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1. Beef and Ginger Noodle Stir-Fry - serves 4
Ingredients
 500g diced steak
2 tablespoons of peanut oil
400g singapore noodles
5cm piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped into matchsticks
2 red chillies, thinly sliced diaganolly
200g fresh shiitake mushrooms, halved
200g baby button mushrooms, halved
1 bunch of kale, leaves only, chopped
80g oyster sauce
Lime wedges to serve
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Method
Cook noddles according to packet instructions. Meanwhile, heat a wok or frying pan over a high heat and add peanut oil. Add chilli and garlic and stir fry for one minute. Add the beef and stir-fry until browned. Add the shiitake mushrooms and cook for 2 mins. Add the baby button mushrooms and kale, and stir fry until vegetables are tender. Drain noodles and add them along with the oyster sauce. Stir-fry until heated through and serve with lime wedges. 
For a vegetarian version, replace the beef with one diced red onion and one diced green pepper, to be added with the shiitake mushrooms.
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2. Pumpkin and spinach stir fry - serves 4
Ingredients
200g brown rice
2 kaffir lime leaves
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 red onion, diced
1.5 tablespoons of grated fresh ginger
1 garlic clove, crushed or finely chopped
1kg of pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled, de-seeded and chopped into 2cm pieces. 
100g baby spinach leaves
2 tablespoons of soy sauce
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons honey
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Method
Add the rice and lime leaves to a pan and cook according to packet instructions. Meanwhile, add the oil to a wok or frying pan over a medium-high heat. Add the  onion, ginger and garlic and stir-fry for one minute. Add pumpkin and cook until tender (approx 7 minutes). Add the remaining ingredients and stir-fry until spinach wilts. Drain the rice and serve. 
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3. Fish & vegetable stir-fry - serves 4
Ingredients
200g brown rice
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
350g of boneless, white fish fillets, diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed or finely chopped
1 small tin of sweetcorn
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 yellow bell pepper, diced
2 carrots, sliced
1 red onion, diced
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1 teaspoon of sesame oil
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Method
Cook rice according to packet instructions. Heat the oil in a wok or frying pan on medium-high heat. Add the garlic and stir-fry for one minute. Add fish and stir-fry until half-cooked. Add vegetables and continue to stir-fry until softened. Add the remaining ingredients and stir-fry until heated. Serve with the rice. 
For a vegetarian version, fish can be easily replaced with 500g of pumpkin or butter nut squash, or baby button mushrooms, to be added with other veggies. 
Do check back regularly for more healthy yet filling autumn recipes from Bliss. 

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Easy, healthy stir fry recipe   

26 Jun 2019

Easy, healthy stir fry recipe

 

Healthy eating doesn't have to be boring with Bliss. We're here to bring you delicious, healthy, and easy healthy recipes to help you achieve your dream beach body. Not only is this one-pan wonder tasty and full of nutritional value, it's super easy to adapt it to suit your preferences, by swapping out the meat and veg for your favourites.

Easy stir-fry recipe

Ingredients - serves 4

3 Tbsp of reduced salt soy sauce

2 Tbsp of oyster sauce

1 teaspoon of honey

1 teaspoon of brown sugar

2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1 teaspoon of grated ginger or ginger powder

A pinch of Chinese 5 spice

Peanut oil or sesame oil to cook

2 Chicken breast fillets, chopped into strips

2 carrots, sliced

1 brown onion, chopped into strips

1 red bell pepper, chopped into strips

200g button mushrooms, chopped into slices

100g of beansprouts 

Rice or noodles to serve

Method

In a large bowl, combine soy sauce, oyster sauce, honey, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and Chinese 5 spice. Add the chicken, cover, and leave to marinate in the fridge for at least 10 minutes.

Heat about 1 Tbsp of oil in a wok or frying pan. Use tongs to remove the chicken from the marinade and add to the pan. Do not dispose of the marinade. Cook the chicken until sealed.

Add the carrots and stir-fry for a few minutes until they begin to soften. Add the onion and continue to stir-fry for another 2 minutes. Add bell pepper and mushrooms and stir-fry for another 2 minutes. 

Add the marinade to the pan and stir through. Simmer for around five minutes, stirring constantly. Add beansprouts and stir through immediately before serving with your choice of cooked rice or noodles. 

Check out some of our other favourite healthy recipes.

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Lose Weight With Tasty, Nutritious Green Smoothies   

24 Jun 2019
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Lose Weight With Tasty, Nutritious Green Smoothies

green smoothie health benefits and recipe

We realise a green smoothie can look a little unappealing. However, with the right fruits, correct veggies, and perfect proportions, they can be delicious! Not to mention you will be full up of goodness and healthy ingredients. 

The amount of vitamins you’ll get depends on which ingredients you use, but most fruits and vegetables are high in vitamins A and C. Many people struggle to eat the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables, and green smoothies are a way of easily adding more fruit and veg into your diet. Furthermore, green smoothies will give you energy and help to keep you full without consuming too many calories. Therefore, as well as keeping you healthy, they may assist with weight loss. They are also better for you than green juices as juices lack the fibre that smoothies retain. On top of this, making your own green smoothies is cheaper and healthier than buying them at juice bars.

There are ways to make your green smoothies taste delicious, rather than just tasting of vegetables. First, ensure that you have the correct fruit: veg ratio; the usual ratio is 60:40 but you may wish to start off with a ratio of 70:30. It's best to use sweet fruits such as pineapple or strawberries, as you will then be able to enjoy the smoothie without adding any sort of sweetener. Some greens also have a stronger taste than others, for example the taste of spinach is easily masked by the fruit,r your first few smoothies, as they are likely to contain ingredien but other greens such as kale have stronger tastes. You should still include kale but in smaller quantities. Using ‘creamy’ fruits will make a big difference to the texture of your smoothie, so try to include something creamy like banana, peach, pear or avocado. 

Recipe
Fruity spinach and kale smoothie
This is a good one for newbies as it just tastes of fruit! Kale is low in both calories and fat, but high in fibre, vitamins and antioxidants, making it a really healthy food which everyone should try to include in their diets and this is the perfect way to do just that.
Ingredients for 2 servings:
1 cup of spinach
1.5 cups of kale
10 strawberries
1 chopped mango
Juice of 1 orange
1/3 of a cup of greek yoghurt
1/4 of a cup of water
Peel, wash and chop all of your fruit and vegetables. Put it all into a blender- liquids first, followed by leaves, and finally add the fruit. Blend it up and it’s ready to drink!
 
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Healthy Chow Mein Fakeaway Recipe   

19 Jun 2019

Healthy Chow Mein Fakeaway Recipe

Bliss are here to make healthy eating enjoyable for you with easy, healthy, delicious recipes. Next time you're tempted to call your favourite Chinese takeaway, make this healthier yet equally tasty fakeaway option instead. 

Ingredients - serves 4

Peanut or sesame oil

500g lean mince beef

2 carrots, sliced

1 brown onion, diced

1 red pepper, diced

2 cloves of garlic, diced

Teaspoon of grated or powdered ginger

Teaspoon of Chinese 5 spice

100g of button mushrooms, sliced

6 Tbsp of light soy sauce

4 Tbsp of oyster sauce

100g Vermicelli noodles

 

Method

Prepare noodles according to packet instructions, then set aside. 

Heat oil in a wok or frying pan. Add mince and brown.

Add carrots and stir fry for five minutes or until they begin to soften. Add onion and stir fry for two minutes. Add pepper, garlic, ginger, and five spice. Combine ingredients and stir fry for 2-3 minutes. Add mushrooms and continue to stir-fry. 

Once all veg in softened, add the soy sauce and oyster sauce, stir through, and simmer for around 5 minutes. 

Add cooked noodles and mix everything together.

Serve and enjoy!

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Delicious Healthy Recipes For The Perfect Beach Body!   

07 Jun 2019
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Delicious Healthy Recipes For The Perfect Beach Body!

June is here and that means that dieting season is upon us as we aim for TOTAL body confidence this summer.
Bliss are here to make healthy eating enjoyable for you with easy, healthy, delicious recipes. 
Here are a few of our favourites...
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Smoothie
One of our favourite diet tips is to make delicious smoothies with a few unexpected ingredients that actually work really well whilst adding extra nutrients and vitamins. The sun may not be out yet but it's never too early for a sunshine smoothie.
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Breakfast
 A healthy day starts with a healthy breakfast. Our Greek yoghurt parfait is perfect because, not only is it healthy, it's also delicious, filling and easy to prepare. It can even be prepped the night before for busy mornings, and it will leave you feeling ready to take on the day ahead. 
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Lunch
Rice paper rolls allow you to enjoy a hearty, filling lunch or dinner whilst helping you fit into your favourite little black party dress. Rice paper rolls are also super easy to make and can be made ahead so you always have some healthy food to hand.
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Dinner
Not only is cod full of protein, it also has plenty of vitamins and is great for the heart - basically, it's an essential in your diet plan. This recipe combines miso and mirin, commonly used in Asian cooking, for a sweet and delicious fish. 
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Here is an easy, delicious, healthy dinner recipe to try tonight. This paella is high in protein and includes a range of veg and ingredient which facilitate fat loss.
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Dessert
These cookies are delicious, easy to make and will even keep your sweet tooth happy. They are quick to make and can easily provide breakfast, lunchbox extras and snacks throughout the week ahead.
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Eat Your Way to Clearer Skin   

17 May 2019

Eat Your Way to Clearer Skin

EVERYONE deserves to feel beautiful, and we're well aware that skin issues can lead to a serious lack in self-confidence. Not to worry - we're here to help!

facial
 If you've struggled with skin concerns, there's a good change that you've tried to cut down on certain foods in order to improve your skin. While there's some evidence for foods with a high glycemic index (sugar, processed cereals, white bread, etc.) being linked to acne, the studies involved have been small and there is no concrete proof. According to experts, you're not totally on the wrong track, but you should be focusing more on eating the right foods than cutting out the wrong ones. Eating certain foods will provide healthy nutrients to kill bad bacteria, and stop the skin from becoming inflamed. So what should you be eating in order to improve your skin?
Coconut
Coconuts contain healthy fats and nutrients which fight bacteria, making them great for hydrating your skin while preventing spots. However, it also contains some saturated fats, and some coconut products are less healthy than others. Experts recommend that instead of eating coconuts, you should put coconut oil on your skin for best results.
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Avocado
 Avocados boast plenty of skin-boosting nutrients and vitamins including monounsaturated fats, B vitamins, niacin and folate, and vitamins C and E. Therefore, an avo a day helps support the structures of collagen and elastin in your skin, hydrating it and keeping spots at bay.
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Green veggies
Green veggies are a great source of iron, B vitamins, and vitamins A and E, which all help to boost your immune system and hydrate your skin, keeping it healthy. You can easily add more green veggies to most of your meals, or drink a green smoothie as a snack for an effective boost.
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Nuts and seeds
Healthy nutrients in nuts and seeds, including monounsaturated fats, and B vitamins, as well as vitamins A and E, minerals, and antioxidants, promote skin's elasticity, regenerate cells and protect against free radicals. Try these as a snack instead of reaching for the chocolate.
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Water-dense fruit
 Not only do water-dense fruits help you to stay hydrated, which is super beneficial for your skin, but most of them also contain high levels of vitamins A and C, as well as powerful antioxidants that replenish nutrients in skin, promote collagen production, and help keep your skin supple and firm. 
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