Can all the snack-a-holics in the house please raise their hands? I’ve been a serial snacker for years now and recently I’m attempting to harness this habit to promote healthy skin, from within!
Yep, that is right. It’s no secret that what you eat will show up in one way or another on your skin. And while there are so many great superfoods out there to help promote a radiant complexion, I’m sharing a few of my favorite quick treats that are as delicious as they are beautifying (because really… there is only so much kale one can eat).
This refreshing fruit is first and foremost super-hydrating. Dehydration is one of the top reasons for lackluster skin, and it can be hard to remember to get those eight glasses of water in every day. Watermelon isn’t just a great source of hydration, it’s also rich in vitamins, minerals and lycopene, an anti-oxidant with powerful anti-aging and sun protection benefits. If you’re looking for a watermelon quickie, take some diced watermelon, sprinkle on a bit of feta and chopped mint, and top with a light drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Close eyes. Enjoy.
These nuts are rich in selenium, which helps protect skin from sun damage. They’re also full of healthy fats, the kind that make your skin look soft and supple. For a skin protecting doubly-whammy, dip these nuts into some melted dark chocolate. Dark chocolate contains high levels of flavanols, a potent anti-oxidant. Sweet salty deliciousness!
Pineapple is most definitely my favorite fruit, so I was pretty ecstatic to hear that not only is it a great immune and digestive function booster, but it can also help promote collagen synthesis. And how does that help? Younger, firmer skin! ::smacks self on forehead:: My favorite way to eat pineapple is… straight up! Or, if you want to get a little fancy try slicing up some pineapple and bananas, and tossing them with a hint of lemon juice and a dash of ground cardamom.
Protein is essential for healthy skin and chickpeas are high in protein, and high in fiber, a combination that leads to beautiful complexion. My go-to superfood snack is a mixture of chickpeas, diced heirloom tomatoes (also high in lycopene!), chopped basil, olive oil, salt and pepper, served with a piece of warm whole-grain toast.
Do you have any favorite quick and easy snack recipes with skin-healthy ingredients? Share them in the comments below!