The sun, the heat, hydration problems and taking part in more outdoor activities… summer can be a testing time for your skin. That's why you need to take even better care of yourself, starting with a healthy, balanced diet, full of fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin A, which has been proven to be highly effective at keeping skin healthy. Summertime brings with it a huge range of foods rich in this compound such as apricots, melons, lettuces, carrots, cucumbers and, of course, tomatoes. These foods are even healthier when enriched with extra virgin olive oil, which adds another essential vitamin for health – vitamin E, a powerful natural antioxidant.
Want to try out its effects for yourself? Start by adding this delicious, fresh quinoa salad with carrots, pine-nuts, orange and mint to your meal plan. We found it on Kiya’s cooking blog and we loved it!
And what could be better than a gazpacho in summer? A very refreshing dish that's brimming with vitamins A and E. Whether you eat it from a soup bowl or drink it from a glass, gazpacho is a light culinary offering that will help to make those steamy summer days more bearable.
And that’s not all. If you’re looking to really pack in vitamins A and E, try out this fabulous 100% summer salad that’s so quick and easy to make.
All you need (for four people):
- 2 cucumbers
- 2 large tomatoes
- 1 red pepper
- 200g mushrooms
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 small tin anchovies
- Some basil leaves
- 100g Gruyère cheese
- 2 boiled eggs
- Black pepper to taste
- 50ml extra virgin olive oil
And that there's no more excuses, we'll give you the steps to make this delicious salad in no time at all.
First: Wash all the vegetables and slice them, along with the eggs and cheese.
Second: Make the dressing. Put the finely-chopped garlic, anchovies, a grind of pepper, the basil leaves and a generous glug of extra virgin olive oil in a blender. Blend for a few seconds and then drizzle over your salad with a smile!
And there you have it. Sit down, relax and enjoy while replenishing your skin with all the vitamins it needs to show off a gorgeous tan!
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