Summer is here and that means the farmer’s markets are open! Be sure to hit your local farmer’s market this summer if you want healthy, glowing skin. Many of the fresh foods at the market are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and other nutrients that are good for you and will give you a radiant complexion. Did you know that the food you eat can impact the health of your skin? I want to share 5 foods that boost your skin’s health.
I absolutely love going to the market on a Saturday morning and stocking up on fresh produce. You can get the best, seasonal, healthy foods that taste delicious!
For me, going to the market is relaxing. This is a “chore” I actually enjoy doing.
We all have busy lives. In order to eat healthy, for some of us, it has to be easy. Consider doing the entire weeks shopping on the weekend. This might help you avoid having cereal for dinner because you don’t have what you need to prepare a healthy meal after work. Anyone else guilty of that?
5 Foods That Boost Your Skin’s Health
- Berries. They’re delicious and antioxidant-rich, so they help calm inflammation and slow down the skin aging process. Eat them fresh or freeze them and throw them in smoothies later on. You can wash them in apple cider vinegar and water to keep them fresh longer. I love to use any kind of berry in a smoothie. When making smoothies you want to be sure to keep them on the healthy side. Check out this article from fitnessgoals.com on how to keep your smoothie healthy.
- Deep green leafy vegetables. Think spinach and kale over butter lettuce or romaine. If you like those types, feel free to use a combination of varieties. You can disguise these in smoothies or mix them into your salad. Deep leafy greens contain antioxidants which help to fight wrinkles. They help fight off free radicals and prevent the damage they do that can cause skin cancer.
- Avocados. As long as they’re not overripe, avocados are packed with healthy fatty acids that improve skin radiance. Add them to a salad or try avocado toast. Try this simple recipe for yummy avocado toast.
- Sweet potatoes. They’re loaded with Vitamin C. Just half the vitamin C content of a sweet potato will decrease the appearance of wrinkles by 11 percent when consumed daily for 3 years, according to a recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. The beta-carotene in sweet potatoes helps defend against sun damage. We love to double bake our sweet potatoes. After we bake them, we scoop out the flesh and mix in cinnamon and nutmeg before baking them again. It’s kind of like eating a dessert with your meal! You can also cut them into strips, toss with salt, pepper, and olive oil, then bake at 450 for healthy, homemade fries.
- Tomatoes. Tomatoes are super rich in antioxidants including a healthy dose of lycopene, which helps fight against sun damage. Studies have shown they have more nutritional benefit when heated. Try putting grape tomatoes, seasoned with olive oil, salt and pepper in the toaster oven for a few minutes, then add them as a topping or side dish for your meal. I can’t wait for my homegrown tomatoes to be ready for eating!
Get Healthy This Summer!
Are you ready to add some fresh veggies to your summer meals? They taste great AND your skin will reap the benefits!
Cook at home as much as you can. You’ll know exactly what’s going into your food and how it’s prepared. Use local, seasonal food whenever you can.
Want your kids to eat healthy too? Have them help with menu planning and meal prep. Chances are you will have more success in having them eat healthy this way.
You don’t have to be perfect when it comes to choosing your food, but, try to be as mindful about it as you can.
What are your favorite summer foods?