Health and wellness were never so relevant and so first search topics as they are today.

“We are what we eat.” we’ve all heard it. Meaning that we choose what to it and consequently we show certain physical aspects as an effect of our previous choices.

The way we choose our food may reflect our physical and internal body conditions. Whether we want to lose or gain weight, control body weight, increase or reduce muscle mass,  food is the first thing we must adapt.

Concerning aging signs, there’s a lot of things we are not enabled to change or avoid, but we definitely have the power to feel and be healthy during the aging process. Therefore, having a proper diet and attention to everything we digest should be our number one priority. Choosing colorful foods, for example, means choosing antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Also, adding more easily digestible protein like collagen to our daily eating routine will not make us the next bodybuilder. Instead, hydrolyzed collagen protein would help nails, skin, and hair have a healthy look.

Regarding other essential eating habits, we also need to incorporate healthy fats into our diet. Whether it is olive oil, nuts, seeds, or avocado, for example, this type of fat are perfect to boost our brains and our hormones.

Here’s one recipe to help you overcome the bad eating habits

The anti-aging Salad:

DESCRIPTION

Chicken and chickpeas cooked in a smokey paprika and lime marinade on top of a tahini kale salad.

 

INGREDIENTS

Paprika chicken and chickpeas 500g chicken thigh

1 tbsp smoked paprika

2 garlic cloves, crushed

Juice of 1 lime 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp sea salt

1 cup chickpeas, rinsed and drained

 

SALAD

1 bunch kale, roughly torn

1 cucumber, chopped

Fresh chili, chopped

 

TAHINI DRESSING

2 tbsp tahini

Juice of 1 medium lemon

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 tsp sea salt

1-2 tbsp warm water

2 tbsp olive oil

 

METHOD

Paprika chicken and chickpeas

  1. Pre heat the oven to180C.
  2. In a bowl, combine the chicken with the paprika, garlic, lime juice, olive oil and salt.
  3. Heat a medium pan to a high heat and sear the chicken thighs on each side, pouring the leftover marinade into the pan. Transfer to an oven safe dish and continue cooking in the oven for 20 minutes or until cooked.
  4. Remove from the oven and shred roughly. Pour the chickpeas into the dish and toss chicken and chickpeas together to coat in the juices.

Tahini dressing Important points:

The chicken must be roughly shredded using forks as opposed to sliced. It must also be done while still warm, so it soaks up the juices.

Kale is best massaged to break down the fibers and let it absorb the flavor of the dressing.

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