Age Defying Vegetables for Everyday Beauty

You probably already know how good vegetables are for your health and wellbeing. But did you know they can also work wonders for your skin and make you look noticeably younger? Certain veggies contain extremely powerful antioxidants, vitamins and minerals which support and nourish the skin, reduce the appearance of blemishes and give it a more vibrant, youthful appearance. Keep reading to learn about five of the best veggies to eat if you want younger looking skin.

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Beets

Beets are a bright colored vegetable that can have an amazing effect on your skin. In fact, studies have shown that the antioxidants in beets can reduce the deepness of wrinkles by over 50%.

Beets can be eaten raw, roasted or added to salads. Another popular way to consume beets and benefit from their skin boosting properties is to juice them.

Bell Peppers

Bell peppers contain a wide range of skin boosting nutrients. First, they’re rich in vitamin C which is essential for the production of collagen in your body – a protein that firms your skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Second, they contain lots of B vitamins which have been shown to prevent skin blemishes that contribute to the visible signs of aging.

You can eat bell peppers in lots of different ways. They taste great chopped up and added to a salad and can also be stuffed with a wide range of ingredients. Plus, you can add them to casseroles, stews and other hot dishes.

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are packed full of antioxidants and ingredients that detoxify your body. The antioxidants protect your skin from free radicals that can accelerate the aging process while the detoxifying ingredients remove harmful toxins from your skin and ensure that it remains smooth and vibrant as you age.

Brussel sprouts are often boiled and eaten as a side dish with roast dinners. However, they can also be chopped up into small pieces and fried with olive oil, salt and black pepper to create a tasty appetizer.

Carrots

Carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A which helps your skin stay hydrated and free from wrinkles. The vitamin A also has the added benefit of keeping your vision healthy and strong as you age. Carrots also contain plenty of vitamin C which helps your skin maintain an elastic, youthful appearance.

When it comes to eating carrots, you have lots of options. You can chop them up and eat them raw or steam them and serve them as a side dish. Alternatively, they can be used as one of the ingredients in a nutrient packed vegetable soup.

Kale

Kale has quickly become one of the most popular and talked about health foods around. One of the main reasons for its popularity is that it contains incredibly high levels of vitamin K – an antioxidant that protects your skin from damage and helps keep it smooth and vibrant. It’s also packed full of fiber which reduces your blood pressure and cholesterol levels as you age.

Kale is extremely versatile and can be eaten in almost any way you can imagine. It can be added to salads, used in smoothies, baked, boiled or steamed.

Want glowing skin? Try this amazing Carrot Juice Recipe for the glowing skin you desire:

  • 5 medium carrots
  • 2 beets with greens
  • A handful of spinach

Directions: Wash all ingredients thoroughly. Peel, top and tail the carrots and beets. Run everything through a juicer. Stir everything well and enjoy!

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Shaline

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Fruits and Veggies That Help to Burn Fat

For a well-balanced diet, you need to have plenty of fruits and veggies in addition to your lean protein and whole grains. Luckily, they are not only low in fat and nutritious, but many of them actually help to burn more fat.

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High Fiber Fruits

There are many fruits that are nutritious and good for, which most of them containing vitamins and minerals that will be good overall. However, not all fruits are equal in terms of how well they burn fat and help you lose weight. When you want to burn more fat with your fruit, look for ones that have a lot of fiber, as this is going to help fill you up, improve your digestion, plus burn more of your body fat. To start with, have more apples. These are low in sugar, high in flavor and high in fiber. 

You can also have your fill of berries, which are loaded with antioxidants and burn fat as well. These also happen to be low-carb approved, so if you are on a low carb diet, you can still enjoy them. Go for strawberries and blueberries first, then raspberries and other types. Avocadoes often get confused with being a vegetable, but they are actually fruit. They also boost your metabolism and are a good healthy fat to enjoy. Finally, add grapefruit to the list, which helps you to burn fat and has loads of vitamin C.

Nutrient Dense Vegetables

Now for the best fat burning vegetables. You definitely want to add as many veggies to your diet as you can, opting for frozen or fresh whenever possible. Try to avoid canned vegetables as they typically have a lot of sodium that you don’t want or need. 

The vegetables with the best fat burning abilities are those that contain the most nutrients. To start with, try adding more chili peppers and bell peppers to your diet. They have a high amount of fiber and plenty of vitamin C and vitamin A. Broccoli is also high in fiber and contains the same nutrients.

Kale is one of the best leafy greens to add to your diet, helping to burn fat and providing you with calcium, protein, and fiber. Don’t forget about lentils, which are going to help improve your digestion and improve weight loss at the same time. Luckily, all of these veggies are delicious and easy to add to your meals.

Namaste,

Shaline