They say you are what you eat, but does that really hold true? The answer, in large part, is yes!! There are many things that can give us beautiful skin. Now, some we cannot control (hello genetics!), but there are others that we can and that includes our skin, which is the largest organ of our body!! We all want that glowing and beautiful skin, and with the addition of foods into your diet that are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, you will be taking an easy first step in bringing your beautiful complexion out.
I wanted to share with you a few recipes that you can add into your weekly meal planning that will incorporate some of the best foods for skin health... A breakfast, lunch and dinner idea, sure to be enjoyed by your entire family!
Smoothies are such an easy way to start the morning by loading up on lots of skin health superfoods!! I love a blueberry walnut smoothie.
- 1 cup blueberries or berry of choice
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 1 cup unsweetened nut or oat milk
- optional: handful of spinach for a boost of vitamins A, C, and K—which work together to help your skin enhance its radiance, heal from scars or sun damage, and fortify its natural barrier.
Blueberries are one of nature’s most powerful antioxidant fruits!! You can also include or substitute any berry to boost the color and the nutritional value!! Color is good when it comes to nutrition!! Beautiful vibrant fruits (and veggies) are packed full of vitamins and minerals!! Add in walnuts for a healthy dose of magnesium, which is important for healthy blood flow in the skin. Finish it off with a non-dairy milk alternative such as unsweetened almond or oat milk. Steer clear of cow's milk, as some studies link whey-protein-based dairy to skin conditions, including acne, thanks to its insulin-boosting abilities.
Just as easy as it is to pack a smoothie full of amazing skin beautifying foods, the same holds true for salads! One that I love, because it is not only delicious but easy to make ahead, is the Italian avocado salad.
- 1 pint of cherry or grape tomatoes, cut in halves
- 8 ounces of mozzarella pearls
- 1/8 cup olive oil, adjust to taste
- handful of crushed basil
- 4 avocados
- Lettuce or salad greens to serve with the avocados (optional)
- 4-6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar reduction sauce to drizzle, adjust to taste
- Salt and pepper to taste
Place the tomatoes and mozzarella pearls in a bowl with the basil oil, and mix well. You can use this mixture immediately, or refrigerate until you're ready for it. Cut the avocados in half lengthwise, remove pits and carefully peel the avocado halves. Place the peeled avocado halves on a plate, over lettuce or salad greens, if you'd like. Spoon the tomato mozzarella caprese filling into the avocado halves. Drizzle with the balsamic vinegar reduction, and serve.
Mikel Kristi Skincare's popular Vital A Revitalizing Serum is a topical fountain of youth, but this salad is the edible fountain of youth! Avocado and olive oil are two of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids, making the skin stay hydrated, healthy and bright. Tomatoes are the primary source of lycopene, which protects against sun damage, as well as three other skin-brightening carotenoids: alpha carotene, beta carotene and lutein. Another cool fact: Eating tomatoes with healthy fats -- like the avocado and olive oil in this salad -- boosts the body's ability to absorb tomatoes' carotenoids by as much as 15 times its normal amount.
DINNER- Mix and Match
Dinner is your opportunity to get really creative! Below are some of the most popular skin health foods!! Pick three every night and make your own dinner fun!! Why not sunflower seed encrusted salmon on a bed of colorful peppers? Maybe a square of dark chocolate and hot green tea for dessert?! The possibilities are endless, but the key is keeping it fun and enjoying beautiful and colorful nutrient rich food that not only tastes amazing but will keep you looking amazing too!
- Fatty fish. Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and herring, are excellent foods for healthy skin. ...
- Avocados. Avocados are high in healthy fats
- Sunflower seeds
- Sweet potatoes
- Red or yellow bell peppers
- Dark chocolate
- Green tea
- Spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables
- Citrus fruits
Taking care of yourself is not just what you put ON your face, it's what you put into your body!! These recipes are a guide to help you make skin-healthy food choices to get your skin glowing!!!
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With a healthy diet and a great skin care routine, you will be glowing in no time at all!