Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Breakfast of Beauty Champions

Beauty begins on the inside. That’s what I tell myself every morning when I crawl out of bed, care for my skin and make a wholesome breakfast. If not for beauty, every day I would be very tempted to eat those sugary cereals with tiny marshmallows shaped like hearts and rainbows.

Personal food cravings aside, I know that along with eating healthy it’s also crucial to stay moisturized internally by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Keeping your skin hydrated, and feeding it nutritious foods, are two key factors in how great your complexion will look.

To coincide with your skincare regimen, be sure to incorporate into your diet a healthy portion of antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamins—all of which will help your natural beauty radiate from the inside out.

If your skin is in need of a beauty boost, try making my favorite omelet for breakfast:

(Proof of me in the kitchen.) 
Although, if your omelet looks like this Uzbek plov something has gone terribly wrong.

Omelet (egg, salmon, spinach, bell peppers and tomato)

·         Egg is loaded with protein, which is the main component of skin, hair and nails.

·         Salmon—I opt for the smoked version—is chock full of essential fatty acids, which make the skin supple and radiant. Baked salmon is a delicious alternative, and a healthier version for the truly dedicated.

·         Spinach is plentiful in Vitamins A, C, E & K, as well as, Beta-carotene, Manganese, Zinc and Selenium, which are all skin-friendly components that I feel keep my complexion happy from the inside out.

·         Bell Peppers are another great form of Vitamin C, and red bell peppers also contain Beta-carotene, which helps with cell turnover.

·         Tomato has Vitamins A & C, along with Lycopene, which can be beneficial for aging skin.

On days that I don’t eat an omelet, I enjoy a nice warm bowl of oatmeal, which is a great 
hydrator. To amp up the beauty benefits, I add flaxseeds, walnuts, almonds and honey, which are each known for their benefits to the skin. In addition, although it can be somewhat messy, juicing your fruits and veggies is a fresh and delicious way to get even more nutrition into the ‘most important meal of the day.’

What are your favorite beauty foods, and why do you eat them?