How To Protect Your Skin

by How To Mommy on 07.20.11

I love the tips and tricks passed on by my Hy-Vee dietitian, Amanda.  Check out her latest article on how to choose foods that will keep your skin healthy.  Plus she’s got a recipe for a light and delicious summer salad.

How To Protect Your Skin

Slathering on the SPF sunscreen before heading outside is not the only way to protect your skin from the sun’s damage this summer.  Reach for nutritious foods, loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to help protect and improve the appearance of your skin.

The sun can cause up to 90 percent of visible skin changes often credited to aging.  Prolonged skin exposure to ultraviolet rays can damage cell membranes, leading to skin cancer.  UV rays may also damage the connective tissues of the skin, reducing firmness and causing it to sag.

Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants found in foods can keep skin looking young while protecting it from the sun.

Eat to protect, firm and glow

  • Antioxidants:  Antioxidants such as lycopene have been found to act as a natural sunscreen by filtering out the damaging sunlight which can lead to premature aging or skin cancer. Good sources of lycopene include watermelon, tomatoes and pink grapefruit.
  • Minerals:  Studies have shown that when levels of the mineral selenium are high, consequences from sun damage, such as sunburn and skin cancer, seem to be low.  Selenium can be found in whole-grain cereals, whole-grain pasta and eggs.
  • Fluids:  Keep hydrated with pure beverages to keep looking young.  Think of hydrated cells as full and plump cells, and dehydrated cells as empty and saggy.  Keep hydrated with natural water or try naturally flavored zero-calorie Sparkling Ice Water.
  • Omega-3s:  Skin cells cannot stay firm if they are not strong.  Load up on Omega-3s, which strengthen the cell walls of skin cells helping to keep them firm.  Add Omega-3s to your diet with salmon, walnuts and chia seeds.
  • Carotenoids:  A recent study has shown that people who eat more portions of fruits and vegetables containing carotenoids per day have a more golden skin color.  Eat tomatoes and carrots to help get that summer glow.

Couscous & Fruit Salad

Try this fruit-and-nut-studded couscous salad alongside grilled salmon or chicken for supper or on its own for a fresh lunchbox treat.
Serves 4 (3/4 cup each). Prep time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp finely chopped shallots
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups cooked whole-wheat couscous
  • 1 cup chopped nectarine
  • 1 cup mixed fresh berries, such as blueberries and raspberries
  • 2 tbsp toasted sliced almonds*

Preparation:

  1. Whisk oil, orange juice, vinegar, shallots, salt and pepper in a large bowl.
  2. Add cooked couscous, nectarines, berries and almonds; gently toss to combine.

*Test Kitchen tip: To toast chopped or sliced nuts, heat a small dry skillet over medium-low heat.  Add nuts and cook, stirring, until lightly browned and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes.

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1 Good Girl Gone Green July 20, 2011 at 3:19 PM

This looks so good~ I am going to try this for sure!Thanks for sharing a great recipe! WOuld your little princess eat something this? Just curious if a kid would like it! My doughtier is too young right now….but one day! 🙂

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2 How To Mommy July 20, 2011 at 3:41 PM

She LOVES fruit, so I don’t know why she wouldn’t. After grocery shopping this weekend I’m going to try it for sure!

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3 Amanda July 20, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Never underestimate what you think kids will eat!!! I hope they love this recipe…I sure do!!

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4 Advanced Test O Boost July 7, 2013 at 12:54 PM

At this time it sounds like Wordpress is the preferred blogging platform out there right now.

(from what I’ve read) Is that what you’re using on your blog?

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