If hitting the “X” button on your health & well-being isn’t QUITE enough to convince ya to try a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet (WFPB) – let me appeal to your vanity (that usually works on me)….
When it comes to beauty one thing is for sure – what we eat has direct impact on the health and radiance of our SKIN! A diet like Whole Food Plant-Based, which focuses on fruits, veggies & high-quality fiber is best for supporting healthy, glowing skin.
These types of foods tend to contain high-quality amino acids — the building blocks to firm(er) skin, plus anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich ingredients that promote amazing skin. Score!
If you’re not quite ready to go 100% Whole Food Plant-Based, here are 15 Foods you can start incorporating into your diet, for Radiant Skin and better health…..
PIN IT! Try incorporating a few of these on the daily
15 Radiance Boosting Foods
Packed with lycopene (an antioxidant), tomatoes help protect our skin from age-inducing free radicals. Tomatoes are also super-rich in Vitamin C, which helps to boost collagen production – keeping skin nice and firm. Delicious in our Mediterranean Quinoa Salad
I seriously luuuvvv me some Sweet Potatoes. Aside from being rich, sweet and hearty, they’re also packed with vitamin C – a nutrient proven to reduce the appearance of wrinkles by bolstering collagen in the skin. I’ll take 2, pls….
Chia seeds are one of my Plant-Based faves for their deliciousness, versatility and ability to assume the flavor of anything you put with it. Chia seeds are gluten-free, high in protein and fiber to keep skin nice & supple.
They’re also one of the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which help provide building blocks for healthy skin, cell function and new collagen production – keeping our skin strong and wrinkle free!
PIN IT! Our Lemon Poppyseed Overnight Chia-Oats are 3 Radiance Foods in 1
Ginger is best known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as having a soothing effect on the skin. They usually serve it alongside sushi – which means I always snag Oliver’s when he’s not looking. I’m an amazing wife.
Another one of my favorites for their versatility, ease and good-for-ya factor. Oatmeal is a gluten-free whole grain and an awesome source of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.
I mean – the fact that berries are GOOD for our body and skin, is just a total bonus. They’re that naturally delicious. Not only are berries packed with skin-loving antioxidants, but they’re also rich in fiber and great for keeping ya full!
PINT IT! 2-in-1 Blueberry Blender Pancakes made with Oatmeal & Berries!
Kale, Spinach, Brussel Sprouts, Broccoli
Yup. If it’s dark, leafy and green – you can bet it’s amazing for both body and skin radiance. Greens like Kale, Spinach, Brussel Sprouts & Broccoli are loaded with inflammation reducing zinc. They’re also rich in vitamin K – a powerhouse nutrient when it comes to improving blood circulation (helps skin to glow).
Oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes – yummy citrus fruits that pack a powerful punch of vitamin and nutrients that help keep your skin smooth and silky. We like that! Citrus fruits have a ton of flavonoids plus a big bump of vitamin C, to help keep wrinkles at bay.
The easiest way to get a nice dose of citrus – is very fancy: Grab an orange, peel & eat.
Carrots aren’t my favorite veggie, but my mom & sister love them. Good thing, cuz they’re super great for the ole’ skin. Carrots are high in beta-carotene, vitamin A and antioxidants that are vital for healthy, radiant skin. So – glow on little glowworm ;-).
Grab a bag and dip ’em in this delicious Kick-Ass Garlicky Hummus! Full of protein & fiber rich chickpeas – they’re a great snack option!
PIN IT! Chia Seed Snack Crackers. Only 6-simple ingredients – packed with skin-lovin’ Chia.
Avocado Toast, anyone? Avocados are high in healthy fats which are essential to keeping our skin flexible and moisturized! Avocados are also a great source of vitamin E – an important antioxidant that helps protect your skin from oxidative damage.
Quinoa is a whole grain, that’s super easy to integrate into salads, soups or sides. It’s rich in Vitamin B which helps brighten, enhance, add texture and rejuvenate our skin. Finally, quinoa’s high levels of riboflavin gives skin elasticity for softness and resiliency.
PIN IT! 3 SkinFoods in – Tomatoes, Spinach & Quinoa. Deliciously Beautifying!
Easy to throw into a salad – Walnuts are an amazing food for healthy skin. They’re a great source of essential fatty acids (fats that our body can’t make on its own). They’re also richer than most other nuts in omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce inflammation in our body and skin.
Delicious atop Banana Cream Pie Oats
Anther PERFECT vehicle for Garlicky-Hummus, lol. Bell peppers are also one of the best sources of vitamin C, which is the vitamin essential in creating collagen to keep our skin firm and strong. The high dose of vitamin C in bell peppers can also help smooth out skin and lighten some dark spots.
Want more? Ok – they also contains lutein, which helps protect skin from oxidative damage, which can cause skin to become dry and wrinkled. No bueno. Eat your bells.
CLEAN BEAUTY BUZZ
If you really wanna be all-extra about it (and who doesn’t??)…. Polish your newly radiant skin with 3 of my favorite Clean Beauty products by LOLI Beauty: Plum Elixir Beauty Oil, Purple Corn Grain Exfoliator, Matcha Coconut Detoxifying Mask.
All of their products are: Organic + Food grade + Vegan + Locally Grown & Earth friendly. Their products sell out quickly – so if you want to try something, I’d nab it.
Red grapes are most revered for containing resveratrol, a compound found in the skin of red grapes, credited with reducing the effects of aging.
Green tea can help protect skin from damage and aging! Catechins – are powerful compounds found in green tea, which work to improve our skins moisture and elasticity.
PIN IT! Try 1 tsp of Matcha Green Tea powder in your morning latte. I like Purechimp brand, but use whatever floats your boat.
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