Radiant skin begins with your plate and luckily, summer provides a bounty of foods for healthy skin.
More time in the summer sun means the more our skin is exposed to harmful UV rays. Fill half your plate with a colorful array of fruits and vegetables as they are loaded with antioxidants to fight sun damage. Also make sure to include healthy fats to reduce redness from inflammation and drinks plenty of water to hydrate the skin from within. Here are some other foods to help you achieve healthy summer skin.
Avocado used to be known as the “butter fruit” because of its creamy texture, which is due to its high level of skin-moisturizing monounsaturated fats. Add sliced or mashed avocado to toast, throw into smoothies for a velvety texture, top pizzas, salads or eggs, or make guacamole and serve with corn tortilla chips or vegetables.
Berries such as blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, and even goji berries are age-fighting antioxidant powerhouses whether they’re fresh, frozen or dried. Add to cold or hot cereals, smoothies, salads, and yogurt for a flavor and nutrient boost or grab a handful with some nuts for the perfect snack.
Broccoli and its less colorful cousin, cauliflower, are high in collagen-producing vitamin C, which maintains that youthful appearance. Fresh or frozen, include as a side dish to a meal or add to soups, salads, smoothies, or eat raw with a side of hummus for a delicious energy-boosting snack.
Green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, Kalettes®, and Swiss chard are high in beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that repairs and renews the skin giving it a healthy glow. Fresh or frozen, add to scrambled eggs, use as a base for a hearty salad, throw in smoothies or soups, and include on any sandwich or wrap.
Tomatoes are high in lycopene, often touted as a cancer-fighter. Lycopene is also a superhero when it comes to protecting the skin from the damaging rays of the sun. Fresh, canned or dried, load up on this super food this summer in salads, soups, eggs, and sandwich layers.