Just a hair over six weeks away from welcoming our sunshine babe into the world, our home is nesting and swelling, filling its little corners and shelves with magical this’s and that’s in anticipation. His crib nestled, wardrobe much cooler than mine can ever aspire to be, Andrew and I have turned our attention to longer term considerations – his precious baby skin, making sure he’s just as nourished from the outside in as the inside out. Taking a cue from my own skincare routine, treating my ‘makeup cabinet’ much like my kitchen pantry, often rubbing raw coconut and olive oils, crushed up almonds, coconut sugar, directly onto my face, hands, knee caps, I’m always cognizant of skin’s penetrability, it’s direct route to our blood stream. That the things we put on our bodies affect our health just as much as what we put inside of our bodies.
With a spectrum of brands available, Andrew and I have been most drawn to Babyganics’ extensive line of personal and home care products made primarily using plant-based, natural and organic ingredients; we love that they’re baby, earth, and budget friendly home products. Offering consumers laundry detergent, hand sanitizer, bubble bath, shampoo and conditioner, diapers, and dish soap (just to name a few), Babyganics crafts everything that touches baby’s skin with their NeoNourish® blend. A 100% natural and cold-pressed seed oil blend of black cumin, tomato, sunflower, cranberry, and red raspberry, these plant based ingredients are not only real and pronounceable, but help to supplement baby’s natural skin defenses against the environment.The ingredients found in Babyganics’ ‘NeoNourish® blend are not only skin nourishing for mama and baby during pregnancy and after birth, but when consumed, contain essential nutrients to promote a healthful pregnancy. Highlighting some of the key ingredients found in the blend, I crafted a summer inspired simple salad, my Glowing Tomato Salad. This practically no-cook seasonal salad is made with a rainbow of ripe tomatoes, (for assisting in baby’s organ development and for keeping skin free-radical free), lightly toasted sunflower seeds (for reducing mama’s risk of preeclampsia and skin smooth and soft), and cumin (to keep your digestive system regular and skin hydrated). Tossed with fresh mint, briny olives, and the biggest squish of fresh lemon juice, you’ll be glowing from the inside out and the outside in from bite one. Here’s why you should be munching and NeoNourish-ing..
Inside Out: vitamin A is essential during pregnancy, assisting in the healthful development of your little babe’s heart, lungs, kidneys, bones, and circulatory, respiratory, and central nervous systems (aka everything) and is also involved in postpartum tissue repair, making consumption particularly important as you get closer to your due date. Found in tomatoes, the primarily ingredient in this recipe, you can also get your daily dose of vitamin A from cantaloupe, carrots, oatmeal, and sweet potato.
Outside In: tomatoes are rich in the phytochemical and antioxidant pigment lycopene, thought to help eliminate skin-aging free radicals.
Inside Out: during pregnancy, we experience increased production of the hormone progesterone, a smooth muscle relaxant helping our bodies maintain pregnancy while reducing our risk of premature labor, but also making it more difficult for our bowel muscles to contract (hello constipation!). Celebrated for its assistance in digestive health, both carminative and relatively rich in fiber, cumin is thought to assist in gas, constipation, and morning sickness relief as well as improve digestion and appetite.
Outside In: black cumin is rich in vitamins A, B, and C, as well as calcium, potassium, magnesium, and zinc, all thought to aid in skin recovery and repair. Cumin also contains essential fatty acids, encouraging skin regeneration and providing lasting moisture.
Inside Out: sunflower seeds are a rich source of magnesium, known for its aid in tissue repair, to reduce your risk of developing preeclampsia (high blood pressure developed during pregnancy), and to help your muscles relax. Thought to prevent the uterus from contracting prematurely and reduce the occurrence of those late night knee jerking charlie horses and leg cramps, magnesium can also be found in almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, and quinoa.
Outside In: sunflower is a natural source of vitamin E, thought to keep our skin healthy by reducing our risk of free radical and sun damage and preventing scars and wrinkles. Sunflower is also a good source of essential fatty acids, known for encouraging the formation of skin smoothing and softening elastin and collagen. These fatty acids also have anti-bacterial properties, lowering your risk of developing acne.
Inside Out: rich in the antioxidant vitamin C, red raspberries are thought to protect your and your baby’s cells and DNA from oxidative damage, help your body fight infection, heal wounds, repair tissues, and synthesize the collagen necessary to help maintain healthful skin. Vitamin C can also be found bell peppers, mango, oranges, and sweet potato.
Outside In: antioxidants found in red raspberries are also thought to slow skin aging, reduce age spots, and prevent skin discoloration.
Inside Out: cranberries, often consumed in the form of cranberry juice, are known to prevent E. coli from adhering to the bladder, reducing your risk of developing a urinary tract infection (UTI) during pregnancy and any stage of life. Although they aren’t considered serious, if left untreated, UTI’s have the potential of traveling to the kidneys, increasing your risk of preterm labor and a low birth weight baby. Aside from cranberry consumption, practicing good hygiene, staying well hydrated, and limiting caffeine intake may also reduce your risk of developing a UTI.
Outside In: rich in antioxidants, cranberries are thought to reduce our risk of developing, but also healing, skin conditions like acne, dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema.
Glowing Tomato Salad [serves 6]
¼ cup raw hulled sunflower seeds
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
4 vine ripened tomatoes, roughly diced
1 ½ pounds cherry tomatoes, halved
½ cup green olives, halved
¼ of a medium red onion, finely diced
½ cup fresh mint leaves, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
juice of ½ lemon
Himalayan pink salt to taste
In a small skillet, toast sunflower and cumin seeds over medium heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat, then either using a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder on the coarsest setting, smash, leaving some of the seeds whole.
In a large serving dish, toss tomatoes, olives, red onion, and mint until well combined. Top with seeds, then drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Season to taste, serve, and enjoy!
Nutritional Information [per serving]
150 Calories, 11g Fat, 11g Carbohydrates, 3g Fiber, 5.5g Sugar, 3g Protein
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