Eating your way to healthier looking skin couldn’t be easier. Here’s 5 make-tonight-dishes to get the skin glowing …
GLOWGETTER 1: TOMATOES
The science: These babies contain lycopene – a natural pigment that gives them their colour and which also works as an antioxidant.
The dish: Roast vine tomatoes and add to a salad, or blitz tomatoes, red onion, stacks of fresh basil and a splash of balsamic vinegar, heating gently on the hob. Et voilà! A pasta sauce that’s good for your skin and tastes amazing.
GLOWGETTER 2: AVOCADO AND SPINACH
The science: Power veg spinach is rich in Vitamin A, a fat-soluble vitamin that helps you maintain normal glowing skin. So, it’s a food friend for your face. Pimp its slick skin skills further by adding a little something extra. Our leafy friend needs fat for all its Vitamin A to be best-absorbed by our bodies, so please meet the beloved avocado – a brilliant source of essential fat. A perfect combo.
The dish: Mash avocado with red onion, red chilli, lime juice and shredded spinach to make a tasty guacamole. Spread over rye bread for an alternative breakfast treat.
GLOWGETTER 3: SALMON
The science: We all know that omega-3-rich salmon is essential in our diet: it helps heart health, brain function and blood pressure. So, this pink fish is a must in your weekly food regime. It has the heavenly (and good for you) essential fatty acids (these can’t be made by the body) so aim to eat oily fish at least once a week.
The menu: Blend turmeric with coriander, black peppercorns, a few cashew nuts and a splash of olive oil. Press this mix onto a couple of salmon fillets and bake in foil for 20 minutes. Tastes awesome.
GLOWGETTER 4: BUTTER
The science: Yep you read that right, a healthy amount of real butter is known source of vitamin E. This super charged vitamin is a dream because it plays a role in protecting cells from oxidative stress. Woah! What does oxidative stress mean? It’s the technical speak for when the body is working hard to repair itself.
The menu: Whisk a knob of butter into creamy scrambled eggs, which you can combine with our other amazing glowgetter – roasted vine tomatoes.
GLOWGETTER 5: PEANUT BUTTER
The science: The nutty favourite is high in the B vitamins, especially Niacin and Biotin. These are the vitamins that help to release energy from food and also help maintain normal skin. The quicker your skin cell turnover happens the better as you are constantly rewarded with bright, springy, plump layers of fresh glowing skin. This process slows as we age so we need to do whatever we can to boost the regeneration.
The menu: Chuck strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, almond milk, a teaspoon of honey and a tablespoon of peanut butter in a blender. Blitz and enjoy an antioxidant vitamin B complex smoothie of tastiness.