Eat your way to fabulous skin with our super-food recipe round-up. From snacks to supper, we’ve done the hard work for you and found easy ways to incorporate five favourites into your daily meals. From slowing the ageing process to boosting collagen and promoting a healthy glow, these scientifically proven, skin-loving picks will nourish you from the inside out.
A breakfast with: blueberries
Pancakes for breakfast – what’s not to love? Blueberries have long-been touted as one of the best fruits to eat if you’re looking to reap the benefits of antioxidants. Interestingly, studies have found that mildly steaming them increases their antioxidant benefits. Warming a handful on fresh breakfast pancakes is the perfect way to kick-start all those lovely health paybacks, which include (but are not restricted to) lowering blood pressure, battling oxidative stress which can lead to signs of ageing and even improving memory.
A mid-morning snack with: beetroot
This delicious beetroot loaf from Madeleine Shaw can be baked at the weekend and then sectioned off, ready to take with you to work in case of an 11am hunger pang. Packed full of Omega 3 fatty acids, which means it will keep you fuller for longer, it’s also gluten-free – ideal if you find that wheat-heavy meals can leave you feeling a little bloated or sluggish. Snack on this, happy in the knowledge that the grated beetroot will be doing wonders for your internal organs – from keeping the blood clean to flushing toxins out of the liver and kidneys, which can all lead to noticeable clearer, less-congested skin.
A wholesome lunch with: turmeric
Of all the spices, turmeric is certainly the golden child of the store-cupboard at the moment. Stirred into warm almond milk or swirled through curries, this tawny-hued supplement is widely acknowledged to have anti-inflammatory properties (inflammation of the gut can often manifest externally as problem skin – from rosacea to acne), thanks to its concentration of compounds called curcunoids. This delicious cauliflower ‘cake’ from renowned chef Yotam Ottolenghi is easy to make and put in your lunchbox each day – simply reheat or enjoy cold.
An afternoon pick-me-up with: avocado
Avocados are high in mono-unsaturated fats and are known to help increase collagen and counter sun-damage, meaning that naturally glowing skin is one step closer. The right kinds of fats help boost your metabolism, protect against heart disease, speed nutrients through your body, and improve your fat-soluble vitamin uptake – which means that you’ll really reap the benefits from the other healthy fruits, pulses and veggies in your diet. Avocado can do all of these things and – added bonus – it’s delicious. Try this green smoothie from Hemsley + Hemsley for a guilt-free but satiating energy boost at 4pm.
A slow-release dinner with: sweet potato
Not only is sweet potato a delicious alternative to starchier options at dinner, this slow-release carbohydrate will keep you full for much longer – avoiding that all-too-familiar ‘crash’ associated with less complex carbs like potatoes and white rice, which cause cortisol levels to spike and make us crave sugary snacks before bed. High in potassium, Vitamin A and more, incorporating sweet potatoes into your diet regularly can help you sleep better, age better and even reduce the risk of cancer. Try these tasty quinoa-stuffed sweet potatoes for dinner tonight.
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