Happy December! How are you enjoying the new month so far?
I spent a few hours last weekend doing a “bathroom raid.” I decided to take a sharp look at the body products and cosmetics in my drawers and pitch anything that was outdated or rarely used. More importantly, I took a good look at the ingredient lists of what I use on a daily basis. I’ve been avoiding it for a while and now I know why. Yikes.
Until I started reading the labels (and trying to interpret them…) of things like mascara and styling gel, I didn’t realize just how loaded these products are with junk. That lotion that was marketed as “natural and earth-friendly?” Paraben alert. And the shampoo in the company’s “pure” product line? There are three ingredients in a list of about twenty that I can pronounce.
So I’ve decided that one of my intentions for the month of December is to gradually pitch the chemical-laden, can’t-pronounce-it products and replace them with healthier alternatives made from real, pure, simple ingredients. I’m going to start treating body care products and cosmetics like my food. If the ingredient list is lengthy and I’m unsure about a few things, it’s not going in my cart.
This is probably going to be an expensive month. Honestly. Pure skin care products and cosmetics do not come cheap! But in the long run, I know it’s worth it one hundred times over.
One of the easiest ways to create glowing skin and natural beauty is to nourish yourself from the inside out. We are what we eat, and I certainly don’t want to be a walking limp and salty French fry.
When it comes to cravings, most people—especially us girls—tend to lean towards something sweet or salty/crunchy when they’re looking for something to munch on. And so out comes the box of cookies or potato chips (or both…it happens) to satisfy the gnawing need for that craving to be met. The problem is, we are often left unsatisfied and wanting more when we eat nutritionally empty snacks.
Junk food temporarily occupies the brain while we eat it, but our brains quickly lose interest and wise up, saying, “Mmm, this tastes good. But hey, where are the nutrients?” Chips and cookies give us a fleeting feel good sensation, but they don’t provide lasting physical nourishment.
The solution? Make your own crunchy snacks! Take these Carrot Sesame Crackers, for instance. Containing healthy fats from the almond flour, sesame seeds, and olive oil, they’ll satisfy your hunger, kill your cravings, and taste deliciously buttery all at the same time. (Carrots add a secret nutrient boost, too.)
There are no refined flours, cheap oils, or un-pronouncable ingredients in these crackers. Serve them up with your favorite veggie soup or salad and some guacamole for a nutritious meal that will surely get you glowing.
(And by the way, if you have any clean skin care products or cosmetics to recommend, I’m all ears!)
Carrot Sesame Crackers
Yield will vary depending on the size you cut your crackers
1 3/4 cup (168 grams) blanched almond flour
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, divided
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup grated carrots
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a food processor fitted with the steel blade, process the almond flour, 1/4 cup sesame seeds, and salt until the seeds are finely ground, about 20 seconds. Add the grated carrots and remaining 2 tablespoons sesame seeds. Pulse just to combine, about 5 one-second pulses. Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl. Drizzle the olive oil and maple syrup over the flour mixture. Stir to form a thick dough.
Pat the dough into a thick square or rectangular shape on a large piece of parchment paper. Top with another large piece of parchment paper and roll out into an 1/8-inch thick rectangular shape. Transfer the dough, parchment paper and all, to a baking sheet. Remove the top piece of parchment paper. Using a pizza cutter, cut the dough into cracker shapes of desired size.
Bake for 16-20 minutes until deeply golden brown, rotating the pan once halfway through. Cool completely (crackers will continue to crisp up as they cool), then break into individual crackers along the lines that you cut. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.