Why drink our Sunny Carrot Shake? Tired of spending money on creams for your skin and really never getting the glow that the girl on the picture in front of the tube is showing off? Well, the missing link may actually be in your diet. What you eat will directly impact your skin’s health. In general, we are all too familiar with the knowledge that two nights of pizza and chips in a row will lead to some pimples and oily skin. Often we associate the negative effects of what we eat with negative outcomes on our skin. There is another side to this story –that’s the good news. Eating antioxidant rich foods, foods high in vitamin E, selenium and collagen, on a regular basis, will give you radiant and younger looking skin.
Here are the top 8 foods you can eat every day for healthier skin:
- Once Again Sunflower Seed Butter: Loaded with vitamin E, sunflower seeds keep your skin young by protecting its top layers from the sun. It is rich and high in essential fatty acids, and just a little goes a long way! Eat 2 tablespoons per day, and even apply it topically to treat extremely dry body parts such as lips and heels. Check recipe below!
- Kidney Beans: They’re high in zinc; studies have shown a correlation between blemishes and low zinc levels. Kidney beans goes along with zinc’s healing properties. Just 4 ounces will do the trick; eat them daily for best results. The good news is that beans are also good for just about every other part of your body, too!
- Pineapple: Or any other tropical fruit such as papaya, kiwi, guava, are all rich in Vitamin C. This powerful antioxidant helps protect your skin form the damages of sun rays and its damaging free radicals. Vitamin C also aids in the body’s production of collagen, a protein that keeps your skin firm and elastic.
- Once Again Almond Butter: Almonds are a great source for vitamin E, which nourishes your skin and protects it against free radicals as well. Besides being delicious, it is also super- versatile and easy to eat daily!
- Carrots: These veggies are high in beta carotene, which is an antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A in your body. Vitamin A aids in skin tissue repair while also offering protection from damaging sun rays. Eat them raw or cooked! When cooked, they have even more beta-carotene.
- Salmon: or herring, mackerel, sardines, anchovies, and rainbow trout all have omega 3 fatty acids, fortifiers for skin cell membranes, and again, protectors from sun damage. (Do I sound like a broken record here with the sun damage…? Well, that’s your skin’s number one enemy!) They also fight inflammation, help keep toxins out, and reduce the risk of cancer! Avoid frying your fish though: try them grilled or baked.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil: This wonder oil is rich in antioxidants like polyphenols, and phytosterols. It is good when applied topically, helping prevent premature aging, and it doesn’t clog pores. It is great as an exfoliant too! When you add it to your daily intake, it helps restore skin smoothness and protect against the ravages of UV light. As a bonus, its monounsaturated fat and unsaturated fat composition are known to promote cardiovascular health.
- Water: Skin depends on moisture to stay flexible. Just mild dehydration can lead to dry, tired and grayish-toned The trick is to drink water routinely, throughout the day! When you work indoors, you may forget about water since you are not sweating, so always carry a bottle of water, or try infused water with fruit for some flavor!
The best part of this list is that all of the foods in it will not only help your skin but different systems in your body, as well, such as the cardiovascular system, nervous system and digestive tract. So eat them up and enjoy the experience! They are easy to incorporate on a daily basis, too!
Sunny Carrot Shake
Carolina Jantac, MS, RD, LD
Just a few ingredients can make all the difference! The Sunflower Butter adds nutrients and the perfect texture to this skin fortifying smoothie.
- ½ cup shaved fresh carrots
- 1 tablespoons honey
- ½ teaspoon ginger powder
- ¾ cup chilled almond milk
- ½ cup crushed ice
Place all ingredients in blender and mix. Enjoy chilled!
You may also make this smoothie with cooked carrots. This will give you a smoother result, however not as rich in fiber as using the raw carrots.