Eat these detox friendly foods to keep your skin glowing all year long!

I’m delighted to welcome Tiffany to The Spicy RD Blog today to share her favorite delicious detox friendly foods to keep your skin glowing this summer, and all year long!

Delicious Detox Friendly Foods to Feed Your Skin and Keep it Glowing All Year LongSummer is here and making a hot statement almost everyday, which means it is essential to care for our  skin beyond admiration of the amazing bronze or pretty pink we tend to sport after a Saturday on the sand, by eating these delicious, detox friendly foods not only in the summer, but all year long!

Before I tell you about the protective powers of colorful foods, we need to remember that over exposure to the sun can actually be hugely damaging to our skin cells. I like to think of these cells as hard working citizens all working their butts off to protect the empire that is our body! Think about it like this, when the sunlight hits those skin cells those citizens have to work extra, extra hard because they are not only synthesizing Vitamin D but they are also working to repair the damage that is done by those UV rays we soaked up on the beach volleyball court last weekend.

Detox through your skin

Okay so first off let’s set up the framework for how to feed your skin and why eating certain foods would even help your skin in the first place. We have all heard of detox right? Most of us have heard of it because we have been bombarded with the latest 5-day juicing detox diet that rides along with a promise of optimizing your health and vitality. While this may happen for some people, it may be even more powerful for you to add detoxifying whole foods into your diet DAILY, and then keep them in the rotation for the long run rather then eating them for just 5 days.

A note about detox…I should let you in on the fact that the body has many ways of releasing toxins that we have inside. It all comes down to a handful of major organs. Here’s the list: liver, lungs, kidneys, and skin! That is right. Your skin is an essential organ for detoxification!

What foods to add to nourish your skin

So the question is how do we detox through our skin and supply the raw materials for those hard working citizen to ensure a happy healthy life for them and ultimately for our skin? The answer in my life always comes back to food, so here are some ways to feed your skin this summer…

Antioxidant rich foods

If your favorite color is black, keep it for your wardrobe! Because when it comes to your diet the more colorful the plate the more phytochemicals you’ll be consuming, and that means rich antioxidants for your body!

PICK THE FOLLOWING TO ADD TO A SUMMER SALAD…

  • Berries
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Brazil nuts
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Dark leafy greens

Super Duper Raw Power SaladTry this Super Duper Raw Power Salad with fresh berries in place of the apples for a delicious summertime treat! 

Fresh Summer Veggie Juice in A Jar // The Spicy RDThis super easy blended Summer Veggie Juice is an easy way to get your tomatoes and peppers, plus you can never go wrong throwing in some dark leafy greens for good measure!

PICK THESE FOODS FOR WHEN THE DAY COOLS OFF OR PUT EITHER IN THE FRIDGE FOR A REFRESHING BOOST…

  • Green Tea
  • Dark Chocolate (70% cocoa or more)

Ginger Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding // EA StewartThis Ginger Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding with berries and nuts is the ultimate in delicious detox for your skin!

Almost Raw Chocolate Walnut PuddingOr try this super rich and creamy skin nourishing dessert for when the chocolate craving hits…{Almost} Raw Chocolate Walnut Pudding!

Foods for healing

Skin cells are here and gone so quickly as they are replaced by younger cells – real up-and-comers! Because of this rapid turnover rate we need to supply enough energy and nutrients to support new growth of cells. This is especially true after a bad sunburn {which hopefully you won’t get because you’ll be keeping your skin protected with these sun smart tips from top dermatologists!}

ENJOY THE FOLLOWING FOODS THROUGHOUT THE DAY AS SNACKS OR INCORPORATED IN TO MEALS…

  • Protein: yogurt, eggs, quality meats
  • Zinc: kidney beans, eggs, quality meats
  • Vitamin C: sweet potatoes, fresh fruits (especially citrus)

California Sweetpotato Hash w/ Eggs & Feta Cheese // The Spicy RDGet your dose of sweet potatoes, eggs, and more dark leafy greens {naturally} in this California Sweetpoato Hash with Feta Cheese and Eggs.

Eat some fat! Essential Fatty Acids

Every cell in our body contains fat. The fat is the barrier that keeps the cell alive! We want to keep that watery internal environment of the cell contained and keep the cell nice and firm with the ring of fat around. Some easy ways to add EFA’s {Essential Fatty Acids} are from snacking on walnuts or adding chia, flax or hemp seeds to your salad dressings, smoothies, or toast with almond butter.

Breakfast Bananas Foster with Cinnamon Walnut Flax StreuselAn all-time favorite breakfast, this Bananas Foster with Cinnamon Walnut Flax Streusel is a delicious way to start the day!

Don’t forget we are mostly made of WATER

We want our skin cells plump! Fill them up with the water they need to do more than “just keep swimming.” Most people need about 2-3L of water…so that handy water bottle should go from full to empty about 3-4 times a day.

Strawberry Top Lemon Infused WaterTry this Strawberry Top Lemon Infused Water, or your own favorite fruit and herb concoction for a delicious way to stay hydrated all day long!

With all of that said it is time to enjoy the summer for exactly what it offers…playtime, sunshine and new memories. Just remember to add in some color to your meals and your skin will do the smiling for you in your summertime photos! Happy and healthy best!

Tiffany Lee Craig Bio

How’s your summer going so far? What are your favorite detox friendly foods to feed your skin? 

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