Category Archives: Food & Nutrition

Solgar Skin, Nail and Hair Formula Review

Solgar skin, nails and hair formula vitamin complex review

I am sharing another review as part of my hair care series, but this time it’s about a product to help hair from the inside rather than outside. Solgar Skin, Nail and Hair Formula is probably one of my favourite and most trusted supplements. I should say that I am not a huge of fan of vitamins to start with, but this formula works so well for me and I get visible results almost immediately.

I really like Solgar brand, I think they have a great selection of high quality products and for me they are definitely one of the top supplements manufacturers on the market. Solgar Vitamin Formula is designed to support healthy hair, skin and nails and it is suitable for vegans, it is also sugar and salt free. It is supposed to strengthen hair and nails and improve keratin and collagen production to support healthy skin. This vitamin complex is enriched with Vitamin C, Zinc, red algae, methylsulfonylmethane (restores hair growth and repairs skin), l-lysine and l-proline amino-acids (collagen production). So as you can see Solgar formula doesn’t have a crazy long list of active ingredients compare to other supplements for hair, skin and nails. But I think Solgar ingredients are pretty much spot on and do exactly what they suppose to do.

Ok, so now let’s talk about the results. I should say that I cannot really judge the effect of this formula on skin, as my skin is the whole different story and I need to do so many things to keep it healthy and blemish free…But Solgar formula works so well for my hair and nails! Omg, it’s really-really effective.

A bit of pre-story, my hair starts to fall out much faster than usual twice per year around mid spring and early autumn, I guess it’s because of the change in seasons. Anyway, the moment I start to loose hair at faster rate, I start taking this supplement. I get 60 tablets bottles and I take 2 tablets every day for 2-3 weeks and that’s always enough to get my hair back to normal. On some days when taking this vitamins there are hardly any hair on my hair brush. So that’s what I do, I take 2 of these tablets every day for 2-3 weeks in spring and autumn and then I would take 1 tablet for 1-1.5 weeks in summer and winter as a precaution. I always make sure to have 1-2 months break between taking this formula. And that’s the most effective vitamin formula to prevent hair loss that I’ve ever tried. My hair just stops falling out almost immediately after I start taking it. I cannot say how well Solgar formula helps with hair growth as I don’t use it continuously, but many people swear by it.

And I should also add that it makes my nails extremely strong and they grow so fast! I’ve never had strong nails before, but now I can easily grow such long nails that never break :)

I get Solgar Skin, Nail and Hair Formula from my local health store, it is also available at Holland & Barrett and iHerb. It is not the cheapest vitamins and it costs £11.99 per 60 tablets, but it’s definitely worth the money. I am half way through my second bottle now and I am definitely going to stick with it!

Turmeric & Coconut Milk Golden Elixir

Turmeric Golden Milk

I love turmeric, it’s one of the best natural anti-inflammatory ingredients one can find! A while ago, I came across the recipe of the Turmeric Golden Elixir (or Golden Milk as it’s sometimes called) and when I tried to prepare it myself it came out absolutely amazing. I shared a picture on my Instagram before, so if you follow me there, you might have seen it already. It’s definitely a super tasty drink and it’s perfect for anyone who wants to implement more turmeric into their everyday diet.

Ingredients: for 2 cups of this drink, I used 400ml of organic coconut milk (any other non-dairy milk will do), 1 tbsp of coconut oil (apparently turmeric is best consumed with a bit of fat), 1-2 tbsp of honey and 2-3 roots of fresh turmeric (can be replaced by 1-2 tsp of turmeric powder).

Preparation: Bring the half of coconut milk to the simmer, mix it with honey. Pour another half of milk into blender, add coconut oil and turmeric. Blend till fully combined, then mix it with simmered half. Enjoy while warm!

It’s that simple to make and it’s the way more comforting drink than even hot chocolate, plus it’s more beneficial too! But please be aware that turmeric stains everything yellow, so you might need to brush your teeth afterwards! :)

Beetroot Houmous & Sweet Potato Chips

Homemade Beetroot Houmous and Sweet Potato Chips

I’ve been recently on the look out for simple yet delicious and nutritious recipes to make light lunches. I would like to share two dishes that are perfect for this purpose – sweet potato chips and homemade beetroot houmous! You can eat them together as a light lunch or use them as a side dish.

Sweet Potato Chips (2 servings):

2-3 medium sweet potatoes
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp coarse black pepper
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp onion powder

Preheat the oven to 220°C and baking tray covered with some foil. Scrub sweet potatoes really well and cut them into 1cm thick sticks, place them in the bowl, add olive oil and all seasoning. Mix well and place chips on the preheated tray. Cook for 10 min, then stir them a bit and cook for further 5-10 min (depends on your oven). Chips should be slightly caramelised, but soft inside. Once cooked, let chips cool for 5 mins and they are ready to serve! Simple as that.

Now to beetroot houmous. Again, nothing could be more simple.

Beetroot Houmous:

2 small beetroot or one medium
250g ready to eat chickpeas (I buy organic chickpeas in water)
4-5 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp garlic puree
1 tsp coarse black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1 tbsp lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Peel the beetroot and slice them into 1cm thick rings, place them in baking tray and add 1 tbsp olive oil. Roast it for 35 mins. Let beets cool. Then place chickpeas, beets, lemon juice, garlic and remaining olive oil in the food processor. Blend until smooth, if it does not blend, add some more olive oil. Once blended, add all seasoning and mix well. That’s it!

As you can see both of these dishes are so simple to make, yet they are so tasty and packed with so many beneficial nutrients. I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as I do!