Top celebrity nutritionist Kimberly Snyder explains that beauty foods don’t have to be expensive and gives us her top tips on exactly to eat for a beautiful face
Beauty foods don’t have to be rare, expensive or only come from exotic places. They are in abundance all around, and are largely inexpensive and accessible to all – we only have to reach for them.
Quinoa saw a huge spike in popularity in 2013, and there is a good reason why. Quinoa is higher in minerals than other complex carbs and includes a bevy of good for you minerals and nutrients – calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and the antioxidant minerals copper and manganese, as well as other phytonutrients. The high levels of magnesium help relax the blood vessels and muscles, essentially “feeding the skin”. Being that quinoa is one of the most nutritious forms of complex carbs, it is also great for building a toned body. Check out my Curry-Turmeric Veggie recipe and many others with quinoa.
Carrots are incredibly rich in Vitamin A, which is believed to be a fat-soluble vitamin. It helps in maintaining good vision and strengthens your immune system. Carrots are also very high in beta carotene, which is helpful in maintaining healthy hair. They also contain calcium, potassium, iron, fibre, vitamin B1, B2, B6, C, K and biotin and have strong anti-ageing beautifying properties. Carrots help in detoxifying the liver and help to remove toxins from the blood, so nutrients you’re consuming from other beauty foods are more easily assimilated. Get in the habit of regularly slicing them up on salads.
For clear glowing skin, including lemons in your diet is essential. Lemons help in digestion by purifying our blood and cleansing any toxins. Drinking hot water with lemon each morning is a great way to start the day and flush your system with vitamin C.
Bananas are known for being very rich in Vitamin B6, which helps to promote better sleeping habits, ultimately improving the body’s energy. Bananas are a great source of potassium which helps to regulate proper fluid levels. They also are high in fibre which helps with digestion. Bananas are a great beauty food as they are enriched with a lot of natural oils and Vitamin A, which help to keep the skin supple and moisturised.
Spinach is a great source of beta carotene and is an all-around beauty power food. Spinach is such an important nutrient to add to our diets, as it helps promote youthful, moisturized skin. It’s also packed with vitamins A, C, E, K, lots of minerals, and amino acids to help build healthy hair. A great way to incorporate spinach into your daily meal routine is by throwing it in your Glowing Green Smoothie every morning.
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Kimberly Snyder is a top celebrity nutritionist and beauty expert with clients such as Drew Barrymore, Fergie, Dita Von Teese and Kerry Washington. She is the bestselling author of The Beauty Detox Solution £10.38 and The Beauty Detox Foods £9.09.
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