Pretty much all of us have experienced insecurities about our skin in its bare, natural state, at one point or another in our lives. Furthermore, we probably have also compared our skin to that of celebrities who we look up to. And who better to idolise than Oscar winning popstar and actress Lady Gaga. From being subject of a hateful Facebook group made by her college peers titled “Stefani Germanotta, you will never be famous”, to becoming a household name, and permanent presence on all our Spotify playlists, Lady Gaga’s story is the epitome of inspirational.
Therefore, it’s completely in character for her to also be unashamedly open about her beautiful natural skin. Only a month ago, our favourite singer took to Instagram to share with the world a beautiful makeup AND filter free selfie. Completely natural, she took a moment to normalise and de-stigmatise real skin.
So, how exactly do the ingredients of this dish benefit our skin? Below is a list of the protein and nutrient-packed components that make up this yummy meal, as listed in the original recipe…
1 16 oz extra firm tofu
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 scallions, chopped
1/2 cup corn-starch
High temperature resistant oil
Sesame seeds for garnishing
For the sauce -
1 1/2 large orange
2 tablespoon tamari/soy sauce
1 tablespoon coconut amino
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon Gochujang
1 tablespoon arrowroot powder or cornstarch
I chose to serve my dish with broccoli, just like the creator of the dish does in her recipe video. Broccoli adds antioxidants and Vitamin C for collagen production, whilst also containing a substance named “glucoraphanin” – this gets converted into sulforaphane by the body, promoting skin repair and skin health.
Even without the broccoli however, this recipe is crammed with ingredients that your skin will love! For example, this recipe uses fresh oranges, which famously contain Vitamins A and C, and garlic, which possesses antioxidant qualities.
In addition to this, the star of the original recipe, tofu, works wonders on our skin, as soy is high in both protein and calcium, as well as isoflavones which has been found to improve skin elasticity, water-holding capacity, pigmentation and vascularity.
As mentioned previously, I used a different protein (merely because it was what I had in the fridge at the time) – a plant-based chicken brand popular in the UK. This is fortified with vitamin B12 and iron, as well as being high in protein, and having a production process that has minimal impact on the environment.
I really can’t hype this recipe up enough! It has to be tasted to be believed.
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