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If you were to say the words “healthy eating” to me, I’d probably look at you like you were a crazy person expecting me to shovel buckets of kale into my mouth. Most healthy foods get a bad reputation for being disgusting and tasteless and hard to swallow. Unfortunately (or fortunately, I guess) these healthy foods are insanely good for your body, all the way from your long and strong hair down to your perfectly polished toes. Eating healthy and unprocessed most of the time can help you maintain your gorgeous inner beauty, which will help you radiate a more youthful glow on the outside. The great news? There are so many more foods than just bitter kale and greens that will help you keep a healthy system while allowing you to enjoy your food. Read on for some of our favourites!
Pure green tea is one of the best (and most delicious!) ways to give your body some beauty benefits. Along with boosting your antioxidants (which protect your body from free radicals), green tea is insanely good for your skin. Drinking a cup of green tea on a regular basis can help you fight off dry skin, reduce inflammation, reactive dying skin cells, reduce oiliness and dark circles, AND stimulate hair growth. With all those skin-soothing effects, how could you not want to add a cup of green tea to your breakfast?
If you crave sweet carbs but don’t want to load up on tater tots and French fries, spring for a few beets (steamed is the best way to eat them because it brings out their natural sugars). These amazing root vegetables are loaded with antioxidants just like green tea and are also rich in vitamins and minerals. They’re great for improving skin complexion and health, slowing down your ageing process, and even preventing harsh acne. If you’re not a fan of eating too many beets, take a cooked beet and rub it on your cheeks for a natural blush!
If you’ve been keeping up with the latest health crazes of the last few years, you know that turmeric is one of the big ones. Thankfully, this health food is not a fake and is actually one of the greatest things you can do for your body. Turmeric is a root that is often ground and turned into powder to be used as a spice. The biggest health benefit is that it reduces inflammation both internally (think in your stomach) and externally (like on your skin). It’s amazing for digestive health and is also great at preventing beauty problems we all hate (like wrinkles and dried-out hair). Toss a bit into your smoothies or try making a turmeric chai to get more of this root in your diet!
See, I told you that not all healthy foods are gross, right? Eggs are one of my favourite foods to eat because they are so incredibly easy to make and they can be delicious. Fried, scrambled, baked, yum! Any egg is a good egg in my book. You’ve probably heard of the benefits of egg masks for your hair and face, but eating eggs can be as beneficial. Egg whites contain albumin, a simple protein that helps tighten your pores and remove excess oil from your skin. Egg yolks are rich in fatty acids which can help you infuse and retain moisture in your skin. In other words, pass the hot sauce and go ahead and enjoy a delicious egg scramble! Your skin will thank you.
Okay so if you haven’t already been convinced that healthy foods don’t have to be gross to be good for your beautiful body, here’s some good news: avocado is crazy good for you. Not only is this green superfood loaded with natural, unprocessed protein (which, really, is the best kind), avocados contain a host of other goodies for your body. They’re rich in carotenoids (which help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and signs of aging on your skin), vitamin c (which promotes the creation of elastin and collagen in your body), vitamin e (which reduces the effects of sun radiation on your skin), and fatty acids (which help keep your skin moisturized and un-irritated). If you’ve been looking for an excuse to eat some tasty guacamole and chips, you just found it!
Yes, you read the title right. Eating dark chocolate can give your body some kick-butt beauty benefits. I’m sure I don’t have to convince you any further, but just in case, here’s the scoop on the health benefits of dark chocolate: it’s high in antioxidants that’ll help keep your skin glowing, it helps protect your skin from UV damage, it can help reduce hair loss and boost hair volume, it can improve your eyesight, and it’s one of the best mood boosters around. So, next time you’re wondering whether or not it’s a good idea to chow down on that delicious dark chocolate bar you’ve got stashed in your kitchen pantry: don’t think, just eat!
So, as you can see, foods that are healthy and good for your body can be great for your taste buds, too! Whether you’re a fan of avocado toast, a stickler for a piece of dark chocolate, or a lover of all things egg, go out there and get your beauty-eating on!