We have gone on and on about how the holiday season wrecks havoc on our skin. It’s time to remedy that and twist things around a little. This time we decided to work around our holiday recipes so that we not only enjoy the holiday season in all its galore but also benefit from our Holiday treats as well!
Stocking Treats: This Christmas don’t fret when you load your stockings. With a tiny alteration you can enjoy your goodies right to the land of contentment. Indulge in dark chocolate instead of the regular ones for skin benefits. The flavanoids and phytochemicals contained in dark chocolate protect the skin from free radical damage and wrinkles as well.
Herbed Chicken Roast: Skip the lamb rack and opt for this healthy and skin friendly chicken recipe. Take a whole chicken, leave the skin on. Now cut up a bit of unsalted butter and stuff under the skin. Take rosemary and stuff under the chicken skin as well. The fat in the chicken and the little bit of butter that you have stuffed is going to give you a delicious moist roast (sans the loaded calories). Stuff a whole lime and a rosemary bunch in the chicken cavity and put in the oven. Glaze the chicken with the juice that is released during the cooking process instead of additional oil. Rosemary has skin rejuvenating properties, improves circulation and keeps your skin glowing.
Cranberry Sauce: Skip the regular brown sauce this holiday season and bring your table alive with a vibrant cranberry sauce served along with your roast chicken. Take 4 cups of cranberries, 1 cup of orange juice, 1 cinnamon stick, 1 cup of sugar, ½ cup water. Add ½ cup of sugar to ½ cup water and 1 cup orange juice and bring to a boil. Once this bubbles nicely then add the washed cranberries. The cranberries will begin to ‘pop’ in about 5 to 10 minutes. Let the sauce thicken and then add one stick of cinnamon to it. Push down the cinnamon stick to the bottom of the pan to extract maximum flavor. Once the sauce is pulpy and thick strain it through a sieve and mash with the back of a spoon. Check the sweetness and if you need to sweeten the sauce further, return to the stove, add sugar little at a time. Make sure that your sauce has a little sour tang to it. The cranberries are bursting with antioxidant power and have supreme astringent qualities. Cinnamon is anti microbial and aids digestion and leaves you with clear glowing skin.
Dessertlicious! Make a simple desert of chocolates and berries. Melt some dark chocolate on a double boiler. Fluff up egg whites to stiff peaks with a few drops of vanilla and mix with the chocolate when it is cool. Add a mix of berries; strawberries, acai berries, currants and blueberries to this chocolate mix. Spoon into individual bowls and you have a dessert that is low on sugar and packed with the sweetness and antioxidant power of berries and smooth dark chocolate.
This holiday season, go all out and enjoy the wholesome goodness of your family dinner without making your skin cry!