When it comes to achieving beautiful skin, I believe that it's always best to start from the inside out.
I've seen firsthand the difference in my skin when I eat a healthy, clean, well-balanced diet as opposed to when I eat processed foods. Not only do I feel more alive and energetic when I eat healthy, but my skin looks so clear, glowing and healthy that I can actually skip makeup. Since I am a bit...a big bit...OK, a huge fan of snacking, I try to make sure that I snack on foods that are also healthy, nutritious and great for my skin. I've gathered a list of snack foods that are tasty, filling, healthy and have amazing skin benefits.
Walnuts: This is my favorite snack food. I love the taste and texture of walnuts. They contain essential fatty acids, which are responsible for healthy cell membranes that act as a barrier to harmful substances, are also the passageway for nutrients to get in and out and for waste products to get in and out of cells. Since it is the cell membrane that also holds water in, the stronger that barrier is the better your cells can hold moisture. (And that means plumper, younger looking skin.)
Almonds: Almonds are loaded with vitamin E and antioxidants, which protect skin from UV-spawned free radicals. Vitamin E is present in skin's top layers and guard cells' outer membrane so cells stay healthy. And like walnuts, these strong membranes hold water in, keeping skin hydrated.
Berries: I especially love blackberries, blueberries and strawberries as they are loaded with antioxidants that protect skin cells. The antioxidants found in these berries protect skin from free radicals (like the kind formed from sun exposure) and can help to lessen any damage to your skin.
Tomatoes: Tasty and filling, tomatoes are the best source of the anti-aging antioxidant lycopene, they are also considered a high-carotenoid fruit. These nutrients may help slow down cellular damage from free radicals. I love sprinkling a bit of unrefined sea salt and black pepper on thick slices of tomatoes or combine with slices of avocado, another beautiful skin snack. Avocadoes are a good source of biotin and help to prevent dry skin.
Greek yogurt: This skin nourishing snack carries a good source of protein to help skin to become firmer, so it's more resistant to fine lines. I love combining Greek yogurt with berries and walnuts or almonds for the ultimate skin beautifying snack.
Go ahead and nourish your skin from the inside and out with these delicious "beautiful skin" snacks!
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