Good habits keep your skin looking great—that’s a given, but key nutrients in certain foods can do the same thing from the inside out. There are plenty of foods that can keep your skin smooth, ward off wrinkles, and boost your defenses against free-radicals. Read on for some of our favorite skin-repairing recipes.
Blueberry and Walnut Smoothie
Blueberries have a high amount of antioxidants, and are one of few ingredients in this simple and healthy smoothie. You can use walnuts to blend some homemade walnut milk or choose your favorite variety of nut milk and throw in some whole walnuts on top. Walnuts contain magnesium, which is vital to skin health.
- 1 cup of walnut or other nut milk
- 1 cup frozen blueberries (organic if possible)
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- handful of ice cubes (optional)
Add all of the ingredients to a high speed blender and blend until smooth.
Quinoa Breakfast Cereal with Berries and Almonds
Switch up your typical oatmeal breakfast by substituting it with quinoa, a rich source of selenium which can improve elasticity in the skin. Top it with blueberries and almonds (a good source of vitamin E) and you’ve got a breakfast fit for champions.
- 1 cup quinoa, soaked, rinsed and dried
- 1 3/4 cup unsweetened organic coconut milk *can be substituted for any other milk*
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional but super yummy)
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1 tablespoon organic maple syrup (more to taste if desired)
- 1 cup assorted organic berries (washed, stemmed (if applicable) and halved (if applicable))
- 1/2 cup soaked and dried almonds, rough chopped (or toasted)
- desiccated unsweetened coconut (optional)
- Bring coconut milk (or choice of non-dairy milk alternative) to a low boil and stir in the quinoa.
- Add the salt and cinnamon and syrup.
- Lower the heat, cover and simmer on super low for about 12-15 minutes until the quinoa is plump.
- Taste for sweetness, adding a bit more syrup or milk if desired.
- Serve with the berries and chopped almonds and coconut (if desired)
Kale Salad With Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette
This recipe is a great option for a light lunch or a side salad and features a variety of healthy skin ingredients. Leafy greens are high in vitamin K, which keeps your skin looking young and protects the skin’s elasticity. The addition of pomegranate seeds really boosts the level of polyphenols (an antioxidant,)
- 4 cups chopped kale
- 1 avocado, diced
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/2 cup pomegranate arils
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans
- 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
For the vinaigrette:
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice
- Zest of 1 Meyer lemon
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- To make the vinaigrette, whisk together olive oil, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, lemon zest and sugar in a small bowl; set aside.
- To assemble the salad, place kale in a large bowl; top with avocado, quinoa, pomegranate arils, pecans and goat cheese. Pour the dressing on top of the salad and gently toss to combine.
- Serve immediately.