For healthy and glowing skin, eat more healthy recipes that are rich in vitamin C such as oranges, strawberries, and broccoli, as well as those rich in lycopene like tomatoes, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, and leafy greens. Other nutrients that nourish the skin and ward off wrinkles are beta-carotene found in carrots and watermelon, isoflavones found in soy, omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish and healthy oils, and foods rich in antioxidants. Foods that are known to revitalize the skin and make it smooth and supple are salmon, sardines, green tea, blueberries, avocados, canola oil, olive oil, nonfat dairy, flaxseeds, brazil nuts, and olives. Easy desserts like a bowl of strawberries, blueberries, or citrus fruits can do wonders for the skin, especially the face.
Soups and chowders allow you to pack tons of beneficial nutrients in one dish. Healthy recipes for soups are also easy to do. Salmon chunks or canned salmon make a delicious and filling chowder combined with carrots, potatoes, corn, onions, celery, green bell pepper, dill weed, and cream. Sauté celery, onions, garlic, and bell pepper in melted butter and add chicken broth, vegetables, and herbs then bring to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are tender. Add the salmon and cream at the end and cook or heat through. This makes a delicious meal with toasted bread for anytime of the week. Easy desserts can also come in the form of soup such as spicy blueberry soup made with frozen blueberries, yogurt, lemon juice, ground allspice, lemon zest, and sugar. For a creamy and healthy appetizer, make avocado soup with chicken stock, ripe avocados, yellow onion, jalapeno peppers, yogurt, fresh cilantro, coriander, and fresh lemon juice garnished with corn tortillas.
Having a salad with every meal is a great way to boost the nutrients that the skin needs to stay healthy and beautiful. A simple salad of orange and avocado slices tossed with romaine lettuce, purple cabbage and red onions give you a good dose of vitamin C and beta-carotene. Panzanella is a refreshing salad that promotes great skin and is made with day old bread, tomatoes, onions, and olives tossed with a vinaigrette dressing. For a more substantial salad dish, make sesame tuna salad with canned or fresh tuna, napa cabbage or romaine lettuce, carrots, and sesame seeds tossed with a ginger vinaigrette dressing. Serve side dishes such as sautéed spinach, hot and sour carrots, corn and tomato sauté, stuffed peppers, or roasted sweet potatoes to accompany main entrees and increase beneficial nutrients for the skin.
Making smoothies is a great way to sneak in bitter greens into your system overpowered with berry and other fruity flavors. Drink your way to clear skin with the use of protein powders made with hemp seeds, dandelion greens, raw cacao powder, and coconut powder, which not only clears the complexion but also cleanses the liver and boosts the immune system. Other healthy smoothies for glowing skin are banana and almond flax, mango and yogurt, mixed berries, coconut juice and pear, apple and pear, citrus smoothie, and green tea with yogurt.