Berry bars – Demolish those dark circles!

Berry bars to demolish those dark circles
Do you find that you need to hide those dark circles under your eyes? Instead of hiding them, take them head on and minimise them through your diet.

Dark circles under the eyes are caused by ageing, iron deficiency, lack of sleep (to a certain extent) sun damage and more commonly nasal congestion.  The veins that drain from your eyes to your nose become darker and more visible which leads to fluid retention. So, how do we fight them? Research shows that in order for these veins to “disappear” we need to consume a diet that is high in antioxidants which include vitamins A,C and E all which will help to strengthen the blood vessels. Dehydration can also contribute to these dark circles as a result of the body holding onto as much fluid as it can, so ensure that you drink as much water as you can in order to combat fluid retention and of course demolish those under eye annoyances!

Tips to keep dark circles at bay

  • Limit your coffee and tea intake to once a day and drink up the green tea.
  • Sip water regularly throughout the day to stay hydrated.
  • Up your intake of antioxidants such as tomatoes and legumes, these foods will help to fortify the blood vessels.
  • Reduce your salt intake.
  • Try and get between eight and ten hours sleep a night.
  • Wear large sunglasses (when necessary) and include an spf sunscreen or moisturiser that will protect the delicate skin under and around your eyes from thinning.

These breakfast bars, flapjacks, granola, muesli mix (call them what you like) are mega rich in both antioxidants from the blueberries, cranberries and raspberries and essential fatty acids thanks to the nuts and seeds. Do not be put off by “fatty acids” these are essential for great skin, check out my beat the blemishes post and recipe for more information on essential fatty acids. A great breakfast alternative you will be satisfied until lunch (unless you are insistent on having your mid-morning snack in which case have another one) as these bars are crammed with oats that provide you with slow release energy. These fruity filling bars will be sure to demolish those dark circles!

Recipe

Berry bars

Since I have discovered these I literally make them every week to keep me stocked up, they have proved to be a great snack, breakfast treat, pudding and even cinema snack, yes, I was that girl who brought them out during Skyfall. Indulge the skin even more by having the berry bar alongside some probiotic yoghurt to boost biotin levels that help to draw essential fatty acids from foods for healthy skin.

Yes, at first glance there appears to be a lot of ingredients, however once in the pantry they will last for months and I encourage you to experiment with flavours and ingredients, just don’t forget the primary reason for the original recipes function!

Makes
fills the loaf tin, cut into desired size!

You will need
20cm tin
food processor (if you prefer no large pieces)
grease proof paper

Ingredients
100g dates
100g hazelnuts
100g sunflower seeds
100g raisins
250g porridge oats
70g wheatgerm
60g medium oatmeal
180g banana
100g raspberries
100g dried blueberries
100g cranberries
40g linseeds
juice and grated zest of 1 lemon
40g honey
10ml rapeseed oil, plus a tad extra to grease the tin

Method

1. Blast the ingredients in the food processor until they have combined together to form a dough like mixture.

2. Lightly oil the loaf tin and place the greaseproof paper in and lightly oil the paper itself.

3. Press the mixture into the tin using a potato masher or a utensil of similar function and leave to chill in the fridge for a couple of hours.

4. Cut into bar sizes of your choice and enjoy!

Store in a cool dry place that is easy to reach for when your cravings are screaming!

Without being bias and as a once committed chocolate fiend I have definitely been converted by these naturally sweet super skin treats! Try adding cinnamon, orange or vanilla to the mix as an alternative to lemon.  Let me know your take on them!

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