If you follow our blog, then you know your skin health depends as much on what you eat as it does on the products you use. You can eat your way to healthy skin with a well-rounded diet of healthy fats, sufficient protein, lots of fruits and veggies and a few power foods!
For this week’s featured recipe, we are going back to one of our favorites from Good Housekeeping (January 1999) – Chicken and Sweet Potato Stew.
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 45 minutes
Makes 4 servings
If you’re vegetarian, try this newer recipe that has chickpeas instead of chicken. It has similar seasoning and flavor.
Here is how the key foods in this recipe help support skin health:
Sweet potatoes are loaded with beta-carotene, which produces vitamin A in our bodies. Vitamin A is a nutrient that helps to continually generate new, healthy skin cells.
Cumin contains the antioxidant Vitamin E. Vitamin E combats the free radicals that attack the skin and result in signs of premature aging like wrinkles, age spots, and sagging skin.
Peanuts have been found to contain resveratrol, the same phytochemical found in red wine and grapes. Resveratrol is a polyphenol that is thought to have antioxidant properties that protects the body against all kinds of damage. Resveratrol may also help protect the lining of blood vessels in your heart and improve circulation. Better circulation brings more oxygen to skin cells, which can make skin look healthier.
Tomatoes are high in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that may help protect cells from damage. Lycopene has been linked to preventing loss of skin collagen, which prevents sagging, as well as leading to fewer fine lines and furrows.
Onions are rich in quercetin, an antioxidant that protects against wrinkles. It may also help protect skin against UV damage.
Remember, following a healthy, balanced diet will help your overall health as well as your skin health. So begin making changes to your diet today!
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