Top 5 Healthy Skin Foods plus Coconut Crusted Fish Recipe

Healthy, glowing skin isn’t restricted to the red-carpets, we can all have that luminous celebrity look – and with much less makeup. Healthy skin is a result of a healthy lifestyle, so if you want to look beautiful on the outside the key is nourishment from the inside.

Shannon McNeill, wellness supervisor and senior naturopath at Gwinganna shares her selection of delicious healthy foods and a mouth-watering recipe that will have you glowing.

Coconut oil
Contains health giving properties, antioxidants, and helps repair skin by supporting healthy connective tissue. The medium chain triglycerides, naturally occurring in coconut oil deeply penetrate and moisturise the skin. Easy ways to use this oil include blending it into smoothies, use in cooking or apply directly to the skin.

Often overlooked as a wonderful snack the cucumber is high in silicon, dietary fibre and antioxidants and is fantastic for cleansing your bodies. Use it in salads and smoothies, or on its own as a snack.

Aloe Vera
Traditionally known for long lasting youth, aloe vera gives skin a glow as it will oxygenate blood and energise cells, hydrating the skin and nourishing skin tissue. It can also be taken internally to strengthen digestive health. Healthy digestion means healthy skin.

Macadamia nuts 
Macadamia nuts are a rich source of flavanoids, an antioxidant that destroys free radicals that can make the body age. Also high in selenium and zinc making skin more glowing and beautiful.

Pumpkin seeds
These seeds provide an abundance of zinc, a vital mineral necessary for a healthy glow. Zinc protects the cell membrane, helps to maintain collagen and promotes skin renewal.


Recipe: Coconut Crusted Fish

Serves 6 as main course or 20 bite sizes

1kg snapper
1 cup (80g) desiccated coconut
1 tbsp (25g) sesame seeds
½ bunch fresh coriander
zest & juice of 1 lime
sea salt & pepper
1 tsp maple syrup

In food processor combine coconut, sesame seeds and coriander and blend until finely chopped. Add remaining ingredients, except fish, until combined. Cut snapper either into bite size pieces or main course size. Press the topping onto the fish pieces and bake in pre-heated oven 160ºC until cooked.

Good skin is a commitment. The right ingredients, from food to skincare ingredients and specific lifestyle choices are essential to upgrade your skin no matter what your concern and what your skin currently looks like.

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