Eat your way to healthy skin! (pt.2)

So, did you overindulge on the Super Bowl snacking last night?
By overindulging we mean the bad stuff – fried, high fat, high carb that tastes so good but is in no way good for you!

On your journey to living a healthy lifestyle, there are bound to be moments where you fall off the wagon. It’s normal to indulge every once in a while. The important thing is to move past the night of bad eating and return to a healthy diet that supports body, mind and skin health.

Your skin health depends as much on what you eat as it does on the products you use. If your diet consists of too many high glycemic carbs (candy, soda, sugar, packaged snacks) your skin will age faster. 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!

We have the perfect smoothie recipe to counter your bad night of Super Bowl overindulgence and help get you back on track! Smoothies are a yummy and relatively easy way to drink your way to healthy skin. We love this recipe from Jamie Oliver because it incorporates a lot of skin healthy power foods. This recipe allows you to choose your fruit and nuts.

Here are our recommendations to make it the most powerful skin-loving smoothie:

Strawberries
Berries are full of antioxidants. A cup of strawberries has up to 160% of the daily value of vitamin C, a potent antioxidant that boosts production of collagen fibers that help keep skin smooth and firm. Ellagic acid, an antioxidant abundant in strawberries, has been found to protect the elastic fibers that keep skin from sagging.

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Blueberries
The little blueberry is loaded with antioxidants and phytonutrients that have been found to offset free radical damage to your skin, which causes aging. Free radicals are particles that can harm skin cells and reduce collagen, making skin more wrinkle-prone. 1/2 cup of blueberries will almost double the amount of antioxidants most Americans get in one day.

Almonds
Almonds are packed with moisturizing vitamin E which eases dry skin and helps skin glow. Just a handful a day and your skin will see the benefits.

Walnuts
Walnuts have tons of alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fat that’s a key component of the layer that keeps skin moist and supple. A 1/2-ounce serving of walnuts provides 100% of the recommended daily intake of ALA.

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Oatmeal
Oatmeal is an antioxidant and fiber-rich whole grain that is absorbed slowly, so it doesn’t cause the blood sugar spikes that speed up the breakdown of collagen and elastin in skin.
Following a healthy, balanced diet will help your overall health as well as your skin health. Keep in mind – before you make any drastic changes to your diet, you should consult your doctor.

Let us know what you think of this recipe and please share your own with us!
Check back in 2 weeks for more food ideas and remember – tracking your progress and getting personalized tips is easy with OKU, the first iPhone enabled skin coach. Learn more at getoku.com!

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