Hungry for Beauty: Top 10 Foods to Get Gorgeous
1. Wild Salmon
Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids which are “good fats”, essential for skin in retaining its supple and soft appearance. The oily fish is also associated with health benefits such as protection against heart disease and stroke. Packed full of flavour and amazingly easy to cook, simply pan fry with just a dash of olive oil, skin side down for that crispy goodness.
Best known for their seductive aphrodisiac powers, oysters actually have health benefits. Oysters are the top food source for magnesium and zinc. Zinc is an all-rounder for wellness, being anti-inflammatory, fantastic for cell regeneration and even for elevating mood. Magnesium plays an important role in bone health and regulating blood pressure. Try an Asian dressing by spooning over soy, sesame oil and rice wine vinegar, followed by a scatter of chopped spring onions.
As one of nature’s most potent antioxidants, blueberries tops the list for disease-fighting. Eating this superfood can help with digestion, reducing bloating to give a more slim line appearance and help to neutralize damaging free radicals to ensure your skin stays young and beautiful. They can be eaten raw by the handfuls, or for a high energy breakfast, in fluffy homemade pancakes.
High in fibre oatmeal leaves you fuller for longer, preventing the need to snack and helps with weight control. Oatmeal has been used for centuries as part of home remedies to relieve inflammation, as a gentle exfoliator and mixed in during bathing to nourish and moisturise. Recommended for breakfast with fresh fruit, a dollop of natural yogurt and a squeeze of runny honey to kick-start your day.
The walnut is the king of nuts for boosting health. The rich omega-3 fats in walnuts strengthen the membranes of skin cells, locking in moisture and reducing skin inflammation. Walnuts are known to raise melatonin levels which relieve sleeplessness and insomnia, eat as an evening snack to get a restful night’s sleep. Some people are put off by their slightly bitter skin. You can try toasting them in a pan with a sprinkling of sugar and thin slice of butter, leave to cool and then toss them into your favourite fresh green salad.
6. Leafy Greens
Dark green leafy greens such as broccoli is rich in vitamin C which stimulates collagen production. This helps retain plumpness of the skin and prevents wrinkles from appearing. Broccoli is also a superfood for hair, providing vital vitamins which encourage hair growth and strengthening of hair follicles. For a more decadent dish, try simmering broccoli till tender with a slight crunch, then transfer to a hot pan and toss in chilli oil, garlic and pine nuts. Finish with a sprinkling of grated parmesan and season with salt and pepper.
Yogurt is a great source of calcium, essential for strong bones, teeth and a beautiful smile. Packed with probiotics, yogurt can help your digestive system function well. Try buying natural or organic vanilla yogurt and experiment with flavours by adding in berries with fruit jam or honey. For a savoury recipe, marinate chicken kebabs with yogurt, cumin, paprika, garlic, salt, pepper, lemon juice and olive oil. Pop under the grill. Voilà!
Pomegranate is another antioxidant hero. Cut open one of these and snack on the plentiful juicy seeds. Besides their gorgeous ruby red colour, these little gems help fight free radicals which damage your cells. Latest studies also show that a glass of pomegranate juice can reduce levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. Make a refreshing drink with pomegranate juice with mint and slices of lime, served over ice.
9. Dark Chocolate
Chocolate no longer needs to be a guilty pleasure! Just opt for dark chocolate with a high percentage of cocoa solids. High in magnesium and rich in antioxidants, eating dark chocolate can help boost metabolism, control inflammation and nourish skin. With health benefits also comes high calories, so this one should be consumed in moderation. For a healthy and scrumptious treat, dip fresh strawberries in melted dark chocolate.
10. Red Peppers
Red bell peppers are bursting full of goodness, containing an astonishing 300 percent of your daily vitamin C intake. Having a sufficient amount of vitamin C in your body means that your immune system will stay strong. Other benefits include their combination of vitamin B6 and magnesium, which has proven to reduce anxiety, so less worrying, less frowning and less wrinkles. To eat raw, cut into strips and dip into hummus or tzatziki. Or to intensify their sweetness, halve the peppers, drizzle some olive oil and roast until the skin is caramelised.