Would you like to get glowing skin, healthy hair, and strong nails? It’s achievable just by eating a healthier diet. So, here are some of the delicious superfoods to start packing your plate with today to get healthier skin, hair, and nails tomorrow…
Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries—buy whichever berries look best at the grocery store or farmers’ market. Their colorful antioxidants will help protect your skin from signs of aging. Try them mixed with fat-free Greek yogurt, or snack on them straight. Also, frozen berries are just as nutritious as fresh ones, and they can be a lot less expensive too.
Filled with healthy fats for skin moisture, heart health, and happier moods, a salmon fillet is perfect on a salad or with a plate of veggies. Try it grilled, cooked in a skillet, or baked in the oven. A little bit of seasoning is all you need: Garlic and onion is a classic combo, and everything bagel seasoning is an easy and flavorful addition too. Just like berries, frozen salmon is convenient and budget friendly.
Here’s an excuse to have dessert! Dark chocolate contains antioxidants that help fight the signs of aging, reduce dry skin, and prevent sunburn. Plus, it contains compounds that can help reduce stress hormones. Grate a dark chocolate bar over oatmeal, fresh fruit, yogurt, and more. Don’t feel like grating a dark chocolate bar? Then use dark chocolate chips instead!
Want to get a healthy glow? The monounsaturated fats in avocados keep the top layer of your skin hydrated so it appears soft and vibrant. Avocados are full of healthy fats, but they are also calorie dense. So, if calories are a concern, practice portion control by adding a spoonful or two of diced avocado over salads and soups. You can also mash avocado with some fat-free Greek yogurt and spices for a creamy guacamole dip with a protein boost.
Whole grains release energy slowly; the complex carbs they contain take longer for your body to break down. This can help stabilize blood sugar, which can help keep your skin free of blemishes! Try old-fashioned oats for breakfast (cook tip for oatmeal: cook the oats with twice as much liquid, at least half of that liquid should be water for twice as long. The result is a giant portion with the same calorie count as standard oatmeal).
With polyphenols that can help keep skin elastic, smooth, and protected from sun damage, green tea is a perfect pick-me-up. Want an even bigger skin boost? Reach for matcha, a more potent powdered form of the tea that you can sip hot or iced. Add your no-calorie sweetener of choice and some unsweetened vanilla almond milk for a terrific latte experience.
I consume pretty much all of these “beauty superfoods” (except dark chocolate which is not my favorite. I prefer milk chocolate) most days of the week and I feel consuming these foods consistently has definitely helped my skin, hair and nails look and feel better! Try incorporating these “beauty superfoods” into your healthy eating plan for a few weeks then let us if you notice a change with your skin, hair, and nails in the comments below and until next week, be happy, healthy, and beautiful!