Sunflower Honey Beauty bars

 
sunflower seed -honey granola bars by Alavita

Hi you,

Is it too cheesy to say, 'beauty comes from the inside out'?

Whatever, I just said it. Because it's true. No amount of makeup can mask poor nutrition. What you eat impacts how you feel and how you look. Glowing skin, shiny hair, long lashes, it all starts with good food. 

Ok, off the soap box now and ready to dive into the fun stuff, makeup. 

Why are we, perinatal dietitians, talking about makeup? 

If you have checked out our Prepare for Pregnancy Program, you know that we highly recommend going au naturale in the makeup department. Avoiding toxins in your beauty products can help boost your fertility and protect your baby-to-be from developmental abnormalities. Yeah, it's a big deal. 

I created this Sunflower-Honey Beauty Bar recipe for our friends at Alima Pure.

They make the transition to natural makeup easy by offering gorgeous, effective products. Seriously, I've switched over to Alima and I'll never look back. 

 Natural make up to eliminate endocrine disruptors

One thing I love about their products is that so many of them include vitamin E (a.k.a. tocopherols). Vitamin E protects your skin from sun damage (i.e. fewer wrinkles or cancer risk), and helps your skin retain moisture (think hydrated and supple skin). To reap the full beauty benefits, you need to both apply topically and eat foods rich in vitamin E (get nerdy with the science). 

These Sunflower-Honey Beauty Bars are packed with the top sources of vitamin E, sunflower seeds and almonds. A dollop of Greek yogurt on a square makes a perfectly balanced breakfast, or take on-the-go as an energizing snack. 

Pair with Alima's vitamin E-rich skin care products and enjoy your radiant, mama-glow! 


Pumpkin Seed Almond Butter Honey Bars by Alavita

sunflower honey beauty bars

ingredients

  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds (also known as pepitas)
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup dried fruit (blueberries, raisins, currants, cranberries and/or cherries)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup honey + extra for drizzle
  • 3/4 cup almond butter
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon 

preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor, pulse all the ingredients until finely chopped (it’s ok if there are few coarsely chopped pieces).
  3. Scrape mixture into a 9 x 9" pan, greased then line with parchment and press down into the pan until even.
  4. Top with honey glaze + cinnamon sprinkle
  5. Bake for ~25 minutes.

Let the bars completely cool before cutting. If you're as impatient as me, you can stick them in the fridge to cool faster.