They say you are what you eat, so here I have put together a list of 10 of my favorite “beauty foods!”
Not only is salmon delicious, it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which is “good fat,” and packed with all kinds of healthy stuff! It’s full of antioxidants and keeps your skin beautiful and youthful by reducing inflammation and fighting signs of aging. (Hint: salmon also makes you more fertile!)
2. Sweet Potatoes
These little orange potatoes are one of my favorite go-to staples for a meal that’s also a beauty treatment! They’re full of omega-3s (again), zinc and magnesium. When they’re mashed, they can either be eaten or applied directly to your skin as a face mask!
Avocados, like sweet potatoes, can also be used as a face mask! I prefer to slice them with a bit of seasoning and eat them with a meal or as a snack, but most people prefer them as guacamole dip. They are also good for fighting signs of aging and keeping skin vibrant with antioxidants and carotenoids.
Soy comes in many forms, including (but not limited to) edamame, tofu, tempeh and soy beans. It’s a great substitute for things like meat because it’s low in fat and high in protein. It’s got tons of vitamins, minerals and omega-3s, and also fights dark spots on the skin in addition to keeping hair and nails healthy. Soy helps maintain skin’s elasticity while also treating the appearance of excess oil!
Aside from being sweet and tasty, they are full of vitamin C to give you an extra boost! They also (like soy) reduce oily skin and the appearance of scars. Oh yeah, and they can be made into a face mask, too!
6. Red Bell Peppers
Why red specifically? Because they have more vitamin C than other bell peppers. They are also anti-inflammatory and low in calories! (That is, until you break out the ranch veggie dip).
Again with the orange vegetables. That’s because orange veggies contain more vitamins and minerals that protect your skin. A big benefit of carrots is that they protect against sun damage. It’s like sunscreen that works from the inside out!
8. Olive Oil
Olive oil is an excellent cooking substitute for butter, since it’s much healthier and full of fatty acids, monounsaturated antioxidants, and is awesome for preventing signs of aging.
You’ve probably heard kale being referred to as a “super food.” It’s one of the best sources of iron, vitamin C and omega-3s. It keeps your hair strong and shiny as well as keeping your skin vibrant and youthful.
10. Almond Milk
Almond milk is a much better alternative to regular milk! Aside from being full of antioxidants and vitamin E for healthy skin, it also makes a great protein shake to boost your workout!
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