I’ve been having this issue these last couple days…I made an amazing granola and now I can’t stop eating it! Not even saving it to add to a yogurt or layer it with chia pudding, just eating dry granola because it tastes so good. Luckily for me it’s lower in sugar, provides me healthy fats, fibre and a good source of beauty nutrient Vitamin E.
Vitamin E (tocopherol)
I’m sure you’ve seen Vitamin E commonly found in anti-aging facial care and cosmetics…why?…probably because of its amazing antioxidant strength! Beyond its topical application, Vitamin E is a very important part of a diet that promotes health from the inside out.
Vitamin E is a fat soluble antioxidant that fights off damaging free radicals in our bodies. It is also a great example of why we should not only focus in on a large dose of a specific vitamin, and rather eat real natural foods that provide a variety of nutrients – Vit E loses its antioxidant power once it neutralizes a free radical but with the help of Vitamin C it can regain this super-nutrient power. Also, eating healthy fats with Vitamin E can help with its absorption!
As a powerful antioxidant that is abundant in the outer layer of our skin, Vitamin E helps maintain skin’s youthful glow protecting against UV rays and environmental damage. Actually, it provides protection against damage to the fats that line the outside of every cell of our body, and as part of a healthful diet Vitamin E has been found to improve immune function and protect against specific diseases.
I get most of my Vitamin E from nuts, seeds, leafy greens, avocado and most recently this darn granola! Here are some good sources of Vitamin E you too can include into your beauty eating:
Sunflower Seeds (very rich source!)
And here is the recipe to this granola I’ve been raving about so now you can become addicted 🙂
Naked Face Granola
2 cups dry oats (I used gluten free Only Oats)
1/3 cup chopped brazil nuts
1/3 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds (shelled)
1/2 cup dried blueberries
1/4 cup coconut flakes
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 Tbsp unsweetened applesauce
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp coconut oil
Preheat oven to 300°F
Add oats, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, coconut flakes, cinnamon and salt to large bowl.
In a small saucepan over low-medium heat, add applesauce, coconut oil and maple syrup. Stir and allow mixture to bubble. Remove from heat and add in vanilla. Stir.
Add wet ingredients to the mixture of oats and stir until everything is coated.
Spread mixture onto a large non-stick baking sheet. Bake in the middle rack fro 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.
Watch the granola carefully to not overcook!