I’m sure you’ve heard the saying as much as I have, you are what you eat. As cliche as it is, it makes sense. What we eat ventures through our bodies, leaving nutrients as it goes that can truly help us feel and even look incredible. Of course, while it’s totally necessary and okay to indulge every now and then, eating junk food can take a negative toll on our bodies and skin. So if you want your food to nourish you and brighten up your mood, does that mean you have to stick with fruits and veggies? Not at all! It’s all about incorporating these powerful beauty foods into some tasty dishes so that it enhances what you already enjoy eating. I want to share some really yummy foods with all sorts of amazing beauty superpowers! Keep these in mind the next time you go grocery shopping; these seven things are affordable, taste delicious, and can be added to dozens upon dozens of recipes.
Ladies, rejoice! We can eat chocolate and contribute to our body’s health! Studies have shown eating a small amount of dark chocolate can improve our circulation, as well as lower our cholesterol and blood pressure. Eating dark chocolate can actually have a positive effect on your skin, improving color balance, moisture content, and clarity due to loads of antioxidants and caffeine. But, you’re not going to get any benefit with just any chocolate. You want dark chocolate with as much of a cocoa content that you can handle. Dark chocolate has a strong flavor, so if you can’t fathom eating just a couple of pieces, place it in a smoothie or shave it over your yogurt for a sweet but savory addition to your breakfast, or even dessert. You can also eat a couple of pieces after dinner for a healthy dessert that’ll keep you satisfied before bedtime.
Studies have shown the benefits of adding one cup of green tea to your daily diet can make a dramatic difference on your health. There is so much power packed inside a bag of green tea that there is just no reason not to give it a try. There are ingredients in green tea that can prevent a number of sicknesses and diseases, and some studies have even discussed its cancer-fighting abilities due to its polyphenol content. Because it’s rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, green tea can help reduce sun damage, as well as help rebuild skin’s elasticity and smoothness. Another benefit to green tea is that it prevents cavities! And you might want to drink another cup since you just had some dark chocolate earlier. ;)
I know you don’t naturally think fish as a beauty food, but trust me, it is! Omega 3 Fatty Acids have been widely recognized in the food and health industry as having many benefits. A lot of foods have this acid added into it, but salmon is naturally rich in omega-3s, a fat that is so good for you. If you’re looking for the benefits of omega-3 acids in your diet, stick with salmon and fish; the acids naturally in salmon, called DHA and EPA, are much more easily absorbed into your body and will make more of a difference. Incorporating salmon in your diet can help you look and feel incredible, while watching your skin firm up. The omega-3’s can stimulate your collagen strength and encourage elasticity, bringing life back to your skin.
We’re always told to eat our greens for so many reasons. When it comes to how it can help your skin, it’s all in the vitamins. Think kale, swiss chard, or spinach, which can be added to so many recipes if you don’t like them or can’t eat them in a salad. The beta carotene, something you’ve probably heard about a lot, can help re-energize your skin and encourage a sense of glow into your skin. Dark leafy greens are also very rich in Vitamin C and A. Vitamin C contains antioxidant powers, which we know helps protect from free radicals and sun damage, while it also has properties that fight brown spots, inflammation, and firm up your skin. Vitamin A can have anti-aging benefits. If you’re really looking to replenish your skin and wake it up, leafy greens are the way to go.
I’ve mentioned antioxidants so much already, but they really are powerful things. If you really need the miracle of antioxidants, pick up some blueberries right away! The US Department of Agriculture recently named it the number one source. Adding just half a cup a day can help reduce signs of aging, as well as prevent aging on your skin from occurring. Other kinds of berries are wonderful for your skin and body as well, so don’t leave them out.
One week, your morning coffee is good for you. The next, it’s bad. The next, there’s evidence that one claim is legitimate and the other isn’t. Confusing, right? However, there are studies that suggest that your coffee, rich in antioxidants and with its cocoa content, has the same benefit on your skin regarding protection from free radicals. It’s been considered extensively that regular consumption of coffee has the potential to protect your skin from malignant melanoma, a common form of skin cancer. Obviously, coffee alone won’t prevent cancer, but drinking it can only help your regular sun protection routine!
The healthiness of soy has been highly debated, just like coffee, as there are potentially negatives and positives to the popular bean. There are a multitiude of active ingredients in soy, as well as products that contain soy, that can be effective in reducing fine lines, wrinkles, and signs of aging. There is also suggestion that soy intake and products can reduce the look of sagging skin, making it a little bit tighter naturally. You can find soy in tofu and many faux-meat products, and edamame is just soybeans in a shell. There are hundred of ways you can add even a little bit of soy into your diet, and these beauty foods are also a good source of iron and protein.
Now that you know what beauty foods you can add to your diet to bring out your most beautiful self, how many of you are going to hit Pinterest scoping out recipes? I’d love if you shared some of your ideas and recipes with me!
Let me know if you know of any foods that have amazing health and beauty benefits!