Let’s talk skin. While it’s important to practice good hygiene, use products appropriate for your skin type, and protect it from the elements… don’t forget to nourish your skin from the inside-out! Here are our top 8 foods to feed your skin.
+ Avocado – packed with biotin to battle dry skin and brittle hair and nails
+ Pomegranate – this antioxidant-rich food helps builds collagen and speed healing
+ Walnuts – the omega-3 fatty acids make skin smoother and hair healthier
+ Green Tea – the polyphenols in green tea provide photoprotection, aka a natural barrier against the sun’s harmful rays
+ Beans – the amino acids in beans help to repair and regenerate collagen
+ Tomatoes – high in lycopene, an antioxidant that helps slow down cellular damage and fights free radicals
+ Salmon – contains astaxanthin which improves skin elasticity and battles fine lines
+ Eggs – the protein in eggs helps repair cells that have suffered from free radical damage
Proteins are literally the building blocks of life. They allow your body to run the efficient machine that it was meant to be. If you are lacking in protein, you may feel hungry, anxious, or fatigued. Protein helps your body to build lean muscle and burn more fat. When people are lacking in protein they often go overboard on the wrong kinds, aka protein bars and protein powders. Yes, they do contain protein, but they often contain chemicals and other things that our bodies cannot properly utilize. The CDC recommends about 46 grams of protein for women and 56 grams of protein for men per day. Aim for consuming real foods to get your fill of protein. Here are some great protein packed options…
+ avocado – protein, antioxidants and mono-unsaturated fats (the good kind)
+ chickpeas – a powerful protein boost
+ greek yogurt – protein and calcium
+ hemp seeds – protein and amino acids, sprinkle on cereal, salad, etc.
You are probably asking yourself… “What the heck is a MUFA?” We’ll break them down for you and explain why it can be extremely beneficial to your health to incorporate a MUFA into each and every meal.
MUFA stands for monounsaturated fatty acid meaning healthy, plant based fats (the “good” kinds of fats) that are found in some of your favorite foods including nuts and seeds, oils, olives, avocado and last but certainly not least… dark chocolate!
Not only are MUFAs super tasty, they are also packed with major health benefits. MUFAs enhance satiety, meaning they will fill you up fast and keep you feeling fuller, longer. They also boost heart health, protect against diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and hypertension, keep your skin looking vibrant, and target stubborn belly fat!
It’s easy to incorporate MUFAs into your meals. Use healthy oils for cooking, add avocado to your sandwich or salad, snack on nuts and seeds in between meals, and treat yourself with a little bit of dark chocolate.