9 Festive Super Foods for Radiant Skin
With Christmas food shopping high on your agenda I thought I would focus on 8 festive super foods that will encourage radiant skin, good health and counteract some of the pressures of this season….
Nuts are a fantastic source of essential fatty acids and Vitamin E which is vital to improve skin elasticity, to prevent fine lines and wrinkles.
Swap a bowl of sweets for some fresh unsalted nuts – walnuts, pistachios, almonds, brazil nuts and are particularly good for you and your skin.
Some nutty facts…
Walnuts have the highest level of Omega-3 essential fatty acid recognised for it’s anti-inflammatory properties and positive role in heart health. They are high in monounsaturated fats that help to reduce levels of bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol.
Pistachios are my personal favourite and I so I was pleased to discover that they have the lowest level of fat and calories when compared with other nuts. Shell on ones can be a bit fiddly to open so it is harder to get carried away when eating them which is good if you are monitoring how much you are eating.
Brazil nuts are the largest nut and have very high levels of selenium – a powerful antioxidant and is believed to have anti-cancer properties.
Love them or hate them eating this vegetable can do wonders for your health. Brussel sprouts are packed with Vitamin C and also contain omega 3 fatty acids which are good for the heart and brain and cancer-fighting glucosinolates. they also contain a good source of vitamin K, folate and iron. Vitamin C is fundamental at stimulating collagen growth in your skin and this is what gives your face that fresh and youthful appearance.
They take minutes to cook and avoid over boiling because you will boil away the Vitamin C. Sprouts cooked with chestnuts is a lovely combination, go on do something different with them. They can be grated and added raw to salads or a stir fry. Go on be creative!
I just love this spice. The scent certainly triggers festive moments and is often served with other warming spices including clove and nutmeg. Ground cinnamon is a good source of calcium and also iron, which is required for good immunity and maintaining health red blood cell production. Some research suggests that this spice may also help to lower blood sugar levels. I love adding a generous teaspoon of this to a warm cacao drink.
Just like the name suggests carrots are rich in beta carotene which our bodies convert into vitamin A and this is key for the production of new skin cells = radiant skin.
Eat raw organic carrots to gain full benefits – great with a dip. If cooking try to cook for as little time as possible so nutrients are retained.
In our house it’s not really Christmas without some Dates. These wonderful festive fruits are nutritionally packed with natural sugars, fibre, vitamins and minerals and antioxidants. They are excellent at replenishing energy and revitalize the body instantly. A good hangover cure.
Turkey is one of the healthiest meats to eat. It is full of protein, vital for the production of collagen which is essential for skin to remain toned and supple and this diminishes with age. It’s also a great source of selenium, another important antioxidant and B vitamins which are necessary for converting food into energy. Turkey is also a good source of the amino acid tryptophan. This is taken up by the brain to make the hormones serotonin also known as the happy hormone and melatonin which influences our sleep cycles.
Chocolate containing at least 70% cocoa is a wonderful source of antioxidants which help your skin to protect itself and in turn prevent signs of ageing. This is all due to flavonols (the type of flavonoid found in chocolate) which help your skin look its best.
Isn’t that good news?! I hope you have enjoyed reading about festive super foods and if you feel you need a little TLC when it comes to your skincare, you may be interested in my Winter Face Rescue Set or facials here.
If you will be braving the supermarkets over the next few days set a positive intention and have love in your heart instead of impatience and anger that can so easily creep in. There are always farmer’s markets and independent food shops where you may just find a calmer atmosphere…who knows?
Feel free to leave a comment or ask any questions below.
Until next time, I wish you a very Merry Christmas & remember take care of YOU!
Best wishes, Louisa