We've all heard the saying "You are what you eat" and when it comes to healthy skin that is SO true. We all notice when someone's skin looks fantastic, and we all have that friend that never seems to age, or whose skin always looks radiant. Chances are, your friend eats her skin healthy.
Over the next few weeks, we're going to take a look at some of the best foods for your skin.
Skin Super Food #1 - Almonds
Vitamin E is a nutrient that we've all heard of...and most of us know that it's good for skin. Many pregnant women use Vitamin E topically on their skin to prevent stretchmarks and it's also good for rubbing into scars.
What does this have to do with almonds, you ask?
Quite simply, almonds are the absolute best whole food source of vitamin E. Not only is Vitamin E good to put on your skin, but putting it in you, also benefits your skin in a BIG way!
Just 1 ounce of almonds (approximately 15 - 20 whole nuts) provides 35% of your RDA for Vitamin E and 12% of your daily protein needs. That's just a small handful, but it packs a big punch!
The rich, Vitamin E oil, found in almonds, moisturizes dry skin and it's anti-oxidant properties protect against premature aging and skin damage.
Tips for adding almonds into your diet:
- Craving something salty or crunchy? Try some roasted, salted almonds instead of reaching for the potato chips. I love to eat them as a snack food!
- Add chopped almonds to brownies, cookies or almost any baked dessert for some delicious added flavor.
- Slivered or whole almonds are great added as a topping to a salad. Sprinkle them on with your croutons for extra crunch and nutrition.
So go ahead, GO NUTS! Your skin will thank you!