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They say that your skin is the biggest indicator of how healthy your diet is. It is true that what you eat matters when it comes to a healthy outer appearance – you can buy the most expensive creams, treatments, and makeup in the world, but if you are not nourishing your skin from within you won’t be able to avoid fine lines, dullness, and lifeless skin for long. Try out our 7-day skin glowing plan and see for yourself how much of a difference a healthy diet can make to your skin. In addition, add as many of these tips to your daily routine as possible.

  • Drink a lot of water (at least 2 liters a day) and avoid excessive caffeine
  • Drink hot water with lemon every morning
  • Avoid processed and fast foods that contain chemical ingredients
  • Stick to organic whenever possible
  • Eat enzyme-rich foods
  • Exercise, but not to excess
  • Take magnesium oxygen at bedtime
  • Take probiotics

DAY 1

BREAKFAST Warm water with lemon
Glowing skin smoothie
LUNCH Baked potato topped with beans and salsa sauce
1 cup broccoli sautéed with olive oil, garlic, and lime
2 tomatoes, sliced
DINNER 1 cup foul with mixed vegetables and olive oil
½ baladi bread
SNACKS 3 squares dark chocolate (70% or more)
2 sliced carrots with homemade hummus dip

DAY 2

BREAKFAST Lemon juice with ginger
Green smoothie
1 cup sliced cucumbers
LUNCH Beet salad
DINNER Quinoa stuffed bell peppers*
SNACKS TDC Skin Glowing Smoothie*
30g almonds 

DAY 3

BREAKFAST Warm water with lemon
Chocolate oatmeal
LUNCH 1 cup arugula/spinach with olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing
½ cup cooked quinoa
1 cup cooked chickpeas/lentils/black beans
DINNER Vegetable soup
1 slice wholemeal toast/ ½ baladi bread
1 grilled corn
SNACKS Sunshine smoothie
30g sunflower seeds or walnuts

DAY 4

BREAKFAST Lemon juice with ginger
2 slices wholemeal toast
2 tablespoons almond/peanut butter
1 banana
LUNCH Greek salad
1 orange
DINNER 4 tablespoons beetroot hummus
½ baladi bread
1 cup mixed raw vegetables
SNACKS TDC Skin Glowing Smoothie*
Berries or pineapple

DAY 5

BREAKFAST Warm water with lemon
Chia seed pudding*
1 grapefruit
LUNCH 1 cup wholewheat pasta with 1 cup spinach and tomato sauce
DINNER Mediterranean quinoa chickpea salad
SNACKS 3 squares dark chocolate (70% or more)
Green smoothie

DAY 6

BREAKFAST 1 tsp. Bee pollen with coconut oil, or warm water with lemon if you have allergies
Banana blueberry breakfast smoothie*
LUNCH Tomato soup
1 slice wholemeal toast/ ½ baladi bread
1 large bowl mixed green salad with vinaigrette dressing
DINNER Walnut apple salad
SNACKS Sweet potato chips
Sunshine smoothie

DAY 7

BREAKFAST Lemon juice with ginger
Oatmeal*
LUNCH Quinoa salad*
1 cup broccoli sautéed with olive oil, garlic, and lime2 tomatoes, sliced
DINNER 1 baked sweet potato
1 large bowl mixed green salad with vinaigrette dressing
SNACKS TDC Skin Glowing Smoothie*
30g almonds or pumpkin seeds

Recipes

Banana Blueberry Breakfast Smoothie
Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds/flaxseeds
  • 3 tablespoons oats
  • 2 dates, pitted
  • 1 cup water or ice cubes

Method

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Chia Seed Pudding
Ingredients

  • 2 cups almond or coconut milk
  • ½ cup chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ cup fresh strawberries

Method

  • Blend all ingredients (except chia seeds) in blender until smooth.
  • Whisk in chia seeds.
  • Pour mixture into a jar and refrigerate overnight.

Oatmeal
Ingredients

  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup almond milk OR water
  •  ½ banana
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • A dash of cinnamon, optional
  • Fresh fruit, optional

Method

  • Combine all ingredients in a pot and heat until oats become soft.
  • Serve with fresh fruit on top, if desired.

Quinoa Salad (Serves 4)
Ingredients
Salad

  • 200 g quinoa
  • 25 g parsley
  • 25 g mint
  • One pomegranate, seeded
  • 100 g spring onions
  • 75 g pine nuts
  • 2 carrots, peeled and grated
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Dressing

  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Method

  • Rinse the quinoa in a sieve under cold running water for 2-3 minutes to remove the natural outer coating. Put the quinoa and salt in a saucepan with a tight-fitting lid and cover with the carefully measured cold water.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to very low, and cook for 12 minutes covered, or until the grain is tender.
  • Remove the pan from the heat, keeping the lid on the pan and set aside to steam for a further 10 minutes to fluff up the quinoa.
  • To make the dressing, mix the olive oil, lemon juice and honey in a bowl and season to taste.
  • To serve, add the remaining ingredients to the warm quinoa and pour the dressing over the mix. Mix well and season with fresh salt and pepper if desired.

Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers
Ingredients

  • ½ cup quinoa, cooked
  • 2 bell peppers, seeded and halved
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • ½ cup parsley leaves, chopped
  • Handful of mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped

Method

  • Preheat oven to 180C.
  • Drizzle peppers with 1 tablespoon olive oil, salt, and pepper and roast for 20 minutes in the oven.
  • Heat other 2 tablespoons of olive oil and add zucchini and onions to pan. Cook for 10 minutes, then combine with parsley, mint, tomato, and quinoa.
  • Fill the peppers with quinoa mixture and roast for an additional 10-15 minutes.

TDC Skin Glowing Smoothie
Ingredients

  • 2 large carrots
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 apple OR 1 pear
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseeds or chia seeds
  • 1 cup water or ice cubes

Method

  • Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

For a more customized nutrition plan based on your goals, needs, and preferences, you can contact our Nutritionist Donia Hilal at doniahilal@gmail.com to get your very own nutrition plan.

Donia Hilal is a certified nutritionist with a degree in Nutrition from King’s College London. Her work focuses on women’s health in the Middle East, wellness, weight loss, and optimal pre- and post-natal nutrition. Passionate about real food and evidence based nutrition advice, Donia welcomes and enjoys guiding clients throughout every stage of their journey towards a healthier, happier life.

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