Instead of heading to the bag of chips or bucket of ice cream when you get an urge for a snack, try the following snacks instead. Your skin will show its appreciation in ways you will love.
Yogurt – Yogurt is high in calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin A. If you don’t like it plain, add a little raw honey and berries.
Cottage cheese – Cottage cheese is high in selenium, calcium and vitamin D. It’s delicious topped with fresh fruit.
Strawberries – The nutrients in strawberries help protect and prevent oxygen damage all the cells in your body including the skin.
Blueberries – The anti-oxidant properties of blueberries put them right up there at the top of anti-aging foods.
Acai Berries – Read all about Acai berries here.
Blackberries – These berries are mineral rich (magnesium, manganese and potassium) and high in fiber.
Walnuts – One ¼ cup serving is a day’s supply of omega 3 fatty acids.
Almonds – These are a low calorie nutrient rich snack. They contain vitamin E, magnesium, monounsaturated fat and protein.
Brazil Nuts – These nuts are loaded with nutrients that are good for your skin, hair and nails.
Plums all varieties – Plums are rich in antioxidants and high in vitamin C and fiber.
Avocados – Oh how I do love these, fatty as they are. In addition to being very good for your skin, they also help to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
Mangos – Take a short trip to the tropics on your spa day with a delightful dish of deliciously sweet mangos. They are rich in vitamin A that is so good for your skin and eyes. Mangos go great in yogurt.
Carrots – Carrots contain vitamin A and are high in fiber. They make a great snack anytime and are super easy to carry with you in a baggie to snack on when you’re on the go.
Chocolate – Yeah, isn’t it great. Dark chocolate is the best because it’s loaded with anti-oxidants and they are very good for your skin. Dark chocolate is also good for maintaining cardiovascular health.
Apples – This is one of those must-have snacks. Apples are the only food to contain the flavonoid phloridzin which may help prevent bone loss associated with menopause. Apples also contain phenols which help protect the skin from sun damage. Be sure and eat the skins as there is where the fiber is found. Apples high in phenols include the Red Delicious, Braeburn (one of my favorites) and Fuji.
SpaFromScratch granola bars – These are delicious, nutrient rich and are easy to make. You can find the recipe here.
See how easy it is to nourish your skin as well as the rest of your body with totally delectable snacks. You might even have other skin-healthy snack ideas you want to add to the above list. Maybe you have a favorite recipe you would like to share. That would be great. If so, add your ideas and recipes in the comments section. I’m looking forward to reading them.
Now go have fun and relax.