Healthy Recipes with Patriotic Flair

Celebrate the Fourth of July tomorrow with a table full of dishes that proudly display the red, white and blue (and support skin health!).

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No food coloring here and no need to stray from healthy eating.  Nature’s natural coloring of these fruits and vegetables create all the flair you need for a patriotic showing of explosive flavor!  Here is how these red, white and blue fruits and veggies support skin health:

Red fruits and vegetables, such as raspberries, tomatoes, guava, watermelon, red cabbage, kidney beans, cherries, strawberries and beets, are likely to be rich in the antioxidants lycopene and anthocyanins.  Lycopene is 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.

White fruits and vegetables, including apples, pears, bananas, cauliflower and cucumbers, are high in dietary fiber and antioxidant-rich flavonoids, such as quercetin, which is abundant in apples and pears. Quercetin is an antioxidant that protects against wrinkles.  It may also help protect skin against UV damage.

Blue and purple fruits and vegetables contain anthocyanins, natural plant pigments with powerful antioxidant properties that may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. They also contain flavonoids and ellagic acid, an antioxidant that has been found to protect the elastic fibers that keep skin from sagging.

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