The healthiest foods in the world are vegan, so if you’re already vegan, you're off to a great start! But if you want to add some anti-aging, hair and nail strengthening and glowing skin foods to your diet, here are three of the best and easiest ways to add them.
Dark, Leafy Greens
A diet high in greens such as cabbage, spinach and kale will give your skin a healthy glow, as well as being high in antioxidants (to prevent cell damage, which is one of the causes of aging skin and certain diseases).
If you don’t fancy feasting on piles of cabbage, you can make a small green smoothie in your blender or Nutribullet. The easiest way to do this is to use frozen veg such as spinach, cabbage, or even Brussel’s sprouts if you’re feeling brave! The green smoothie doesn’t need to be big, half a glass should do it. Simply add a handful of greens to some cold water and whizz up in your blender. While fruit smoothies may taste better, a pure green smoothie daily will have your skin glowing in no time.
Bags of baby spinach are a great staple for healthy skin. You can add the leaves to many dishes such as stews and curries for the last 2 minutes of cooking, or use spinach instead of lettuce in salads.
Tomatoes are a powerhouse of anti-aging nutrients, and protect the skin against sun damage. They contain Lycopene, which helps form a barrier against sunlight, and are a rich source of Vitamin C, essential for skin health.
Cooked and raw tomatoes contain slightly different health properties, so make sure your diet contains both. Fried or baked tomatoes on toast make a great vegan breakfast or snack, and most soups, stews, curries and chillies benefit from a handful of chopped tomatoes during cooking. Baby tomatoes are a great snack food that can take the place of crisps or nuts if you are watching your weight. But however you eat your tomatoes, make sure you get a daily dose!
The humble pumpkin seed is packed with skin-friendly vitamins and minerals, including omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin E. Increasing collagen production and speeding up healing while reducing inflammation is just a fraction of what these tiny seeds can do when eaten on a regular basis.
Try having a jar of them on your kitchen counter and sprinkling them on top of your regular meals. They go particularly well with salads, or try diced onion, grated carrot and pumpkin seeds as a crunch raw soup topping. You can also sprinkle them onto porridge and spicy dishes for added crunch.
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