Diet plays as much of a role in how we look and feel, if not more, than the topical beauty products we use.
It’s well established that a diet high in processed or refined carbohydrates and unhealthy fats promotes skin aging while incorporating a variety of fruits and vegetables, low-fat or fat-free dairy products, nuts, seeds and beans, and whole-grain breads and pasta is optimal for both body functions and appearance 1.
Easier said than done, I know but the proof is in the pudding and the times I’ve focused on a “clearer” diet, I noticed an immediate difference in my skin and energy level.
In recent years, “superfoods” has become a big buzz word, that is, foods packed with large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals, and health or medical benefits 2.
Many superfoods are reported to benefit specific areas of the body, although the research is conflicting. In any case, if you’re going to snack, a low-calorie superfood is a great option, especially for kids.
Here are 5 kid-approved superfoods to try this summer for a head to toe summer glow:
Get Glowing! 1 of 6
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For luscious locks chomp on almonds 2 of 6
Plain or mixed into a salad, almonds contain catalase, an enzyme that combats gray hair by preventing a buildup of hydrogen peroxide in your hair follicles. If the kids don't want to snack on them plain, try the flavor-coated kind, which still have the same benefit.
Make spinach, almond and orzo salad with cranberries
Raisins for pearly whites 3 of 6
Don't let that delicious sticky sweetness fool you! A handful of raisins each day is actually good for your oral health. Raisins contain a natural antioxidant that fight the growth of a common bacteria that has been linked to gum disease and inflammation. As an added bonus, children love the natural sweetness. They're a maintain in my son's lunchbox.
Make cinnamon raisin pancakes
Chia seeds to give you that summery glow 4 of 6
If you don't have the time to give yourself a cleansing facial every week (what mom does?!), just try snacking on chia seeds. The tiny superfood packs a punch with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and protein that will leave your skin glowing. If you haven't tried chia seeds before, you can ease into it by choosing a snack like Mamma Chia's Chia Squeeze that combine it with fruits and veggies.
Make chocolate chia seed pudding
Battle the bloat with lemon water 5 of 6
Drinking water not only keeps you hydrated but it's a great way to fight bloat. Cut out sugary drinks and add a few lemon slices to your water instead. Lemons are a natural diuretic, thus they combat water retention. Water also helps flush toxins from the body. The taste from lemon is also an easy way to entice kids into sipping more water!
Make Meyer lemon-ginger fruit salad
Fortify your nails with sea veggies 6 of 6
Protein-packed veggies from the sea like nori or wakame contain nail-hardening minerals. Potassium, iodine, iron and calcium, among other important minerals, are highly concentrated in seawater, therefore your nails will reap the benefits from snacking on these superfoods. For an adult pallet, try adding nori or wakame to a soup or stir-fry dinner. For kids, try sprinkling them into a fun salad or rice combination dinner.
Make sweet and salty seaweed peanuts
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What’s your personal “superfood” that you notice beauty benefits from?
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