Clear Skin Foods

When I went to the drug store the other day, I couldn’t help but notice the ENTIRE SECTION dedicated to cosmetics. There’s liquid foundation, powder, concealer, blush, bronzer, highlighter… all promising to help you get a “natural” glow. That got me wondering, why do we find smooth, clear skin attractive?

Turns out, our skin is the last organ to receive nutrients. This means that clear skin=awesome health. Back in the day, our Paleolithic ancestors used the appearance of a potential partner’s skin to determine his/her health and genetics, and to ultimately decide if they wanted to have kids with that partner.

Instead of using topical products to give an illusion of health, here are some foods that can help you achieve clear skin from the inside out (and probably make you feel healthier overall):

Water

Ok I know this is technically not a food, but proper hydration is a main key to clear skin. The average person should consume 2 liters a day, and even more if you are exercising or sweating a lot.

Avocado

This may be the best news I’ve gotten all day. Avocados contain monounsaturated fat chains that help your skin produce lipids, which keep your skin feeling soft and smooth. They also contain vitamins E and C, which help to reduce inflammation.

Kale

The term “super food” is no joke when it comes to this leafy green. Kale contains densely concentrated vitamins, including vitamin A, B, C, E, and K, as well as potassium, iron, folate, calcium, manganese, and magnesium. The best part? You can usually find a bunch for around $1. Kale is not messing around!

Beets

I love the taste of beets! They are a great source of vitamin A and E, which help the skin to restore itself. They also boast a slew of minerals that help to reduce toxins in the body. If you cant stand to eat a beet by itself, try putting it in a juice or smoothie with orange juice. I have found that the orange flavor melds nicely with the beet flavor, and reduces some of its “beety-ness”.

Kidney Beans

Kidney beans contain protein and vitamins, which helps the skin to repair itself. They also function as a source of complex carbohydrates, which help to regulate blood sugar levels. You really could substitute any legume in for similar benefits.

Sweet Potatoes

Like every other food on this list, sweet potatoes are high in vitamins that help the skin to restore itself and reduce inflammation. But what you might not know is that sweet potatoes can help to regulate cortisone levels. Cortisone is the main hormone produced as a response to stress. Eating sweet potatoes can help reduce some of the internal stress on your body, which could lead to fewer stress-induced breakouts.

 

If you incorporate some of these foods into your diet, don’t forget to let me know how it goes! Questions, comments, concerns, ideas??? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

Avocado Toast

Guys, I seriously LOVE this breakfast. When you think of avocado toast, you most likely think of a glitzy Hollywood celebrity daintily eating a $20 piece of toast. I am here to tell you that does not need to be the case.

Why it’s Good for You

The healthy fats in the avocado help your body to absorb other nutrients. The sprouted bread is rich in fiber, which will keep you satisfied all morning long. The sprouts, though they may be small, are rich in vitamins and minerals and are a great source of plant-based protein.

What You Need

  • Sprouted Whole Wheat Bread
  • Avocado
  • Alfalfa Sprouts
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

How to Make It

  1. Toast 2 slices of bread to your desired toasty-ness. I think you can handle that one.
  2. While the toast is toasting, scoop a whole avocado (minus the seed, obviously) into a bowl. Mash it up to a relatively smooth consistency. Think homemade guacamole texture.
  3. Top the toast with avocado, sprouts, a drizzle of olive, and salt and pepper
  4. Enjoy!

Cost Breakdown

  • Sprouted Bread- $5 for 12 slices; About $0.42/slice
  • Avocado- $5 for 5 Avocados; $1/avocado
  • Sprouts- $3 for a container with 3 servings; $1/ serving
  • Olive Oil/Salt/Pepper- you likely already have these items, so FREE!

For a whole week of avocado toast, you would likely pay roughly $16 for 5 meals, which breaks down to around $3.20 PER BREAKFAST! Come one, you know you spend more than that when you go out.

 

And there you have it! A whole food, nutritious, inexpensive breakfast that will make you feel fancy AF.