It’s been a challenge lately to find portable snacks that fit my new skin-beautifying diet. The first week or two of my elimination diet, I brought raw veggies without any dip to work as a snack…um, yuck! I love veggies but I need them to have a little something extra. I was so scared of breaking my diet that I went as simple as possible, which resulted in a lot of blah meals and snacks.
I’ve lightened up on the diet quite a bit, and steered from the regimented plan I originally had. I didn’t strategically add in any of the “no-no” foods, which probably wasn’t great for seeing which, if any, were causing me to breakout, but I did what felt right. Instead, I have continued to eat little to none of the major skin irritants: gluten, dairy, vegetable oils, and sugar. In addition to the “big four”, I’ve been pretty good about keeping out legumes (including peanut butter), grains, alcohol, and soy.
As part of any skin, hair and nail focused diet, it is important that you get in your fair share of healthy fats. Unfortunately, I’ve read a lot about nuts being a skin irritant because of their omega 3 to omega 6 ratio. I can’t get into the science of it all because I am certainly not an expert, but to be on the safe side I’ve been trying to limit my nut intake as much as possible.
Enter tahini, which is made from sesame seeds. If I’m being honest, I haven’t done enough research to know if these are on the “good” or “bad” list for healthy skin, but I do know that variety in your diet is important for getting the right nutrients.
These Coconut Tahini Bites are just like fudge, but healthier, nut-free, and refined sugar-free. Success! I love the crunch that the coconut adds, and the maple syrup and cinnamon mask the flavor of the tahini if you’re not used to it.
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix to thoroughly combine.
- Spoon into a silicone candy mold and place in the freezer for 30 minutes to harden.
- Pop the bites out of the mold and store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.