Before I started eating a plant-based, whole foods diet, I was in love with chicken. And one of my favorite dishes was a chicken salad.
Chicken was the hardest food for me to let go of on my journey to eating a vegan diet. So, I knew I had to find a replacement for it. And though some may disagree, I found that non-GMO tofu was a good alternative for me.
However, tofu on its own wasn’t flavorful to me. And when I first tasted it, the prepared dish was pretty bland.
So I began experimenting with different ways to cook tofu and eventually came up with many recipes that even my chicken-eating family enjoyed (and often requested!).
And, yes, the tofu chicken salad was one of my first successful recipes.
One of the benefits of eating a plant-based, whole food diet is that it’s healthier for your body which reflects on your skin. My occasional breakouts cleared up, and I no longer had the super-oily skin I once had.
My skin took on a more dewy, smooth and youthful look and it just felt better. This benefit alone kept me motivated to continue on my new eating plan which I now call the good skin diet.
Benefits of Tofu on Skin
Tofu is rich in minerals like iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and selenium. It combats the signs of aging by retaining the skin’s elasticity while tightening the facial muscles.
It’s also rich in protein which is needed to create skin cells. These cells are replenished about every four weeks, so protein is needed constantly by the body.
Many choose to eat animal protein. However, when animal protein is ingested, fats, including saturated fatty acids, are also absorbed in the body. This secretion of excess fats through the skin causes the pores to open wide.
In order to maintain a smooth complexion, it’s more beneficial to eat plant-based protein, like non-GMO tofu.
So I’m sharing my signature General Tso’s Orange Sauce Tofu Chicken Salad because it’s one of my favorites and because it’s healthy for your skin.
You can definitely mix it up, though, by changing the sauces, omitting the sauce altogether or switching the base from salad to rice.