Eating your Way to Radiant Skin on CTV Morning Live!

Tips for Food for Healthy Radiant Skin and looking good from the inside out!

Consume: WATER, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin B

1. Water::Cannot stress enough how important it is to drink this! If you “hate” water you can add fruit to it, organic lemon, limes, berries or cucumber for a refreshing twist. Also try herbal tea!

2. Vitamin C: Helps to defend your skin against free radical damage, Vitamin C is rich in antioxidants. These keep our bodies running well and able to rid of anything that is can be damaging to the system such as: environmental pollution, toxins, and life stress. Vitamin C is wonderful for skin care as this vitamin is essential for the production of collagen, which gives your skin its elasticity. As you age it is harder to store Vitamin C, so getting a daily dose of it is important for healthy skin.

• Artichokes are full of Vitamin C, help with proper blood circulation which can help to fight the signs of aging. Artichokes are a natural diuretic so it will keep the system moving to help with the removal of the buildup of toxins. Recipe below.

• Pineapples: Pinepples also contain bromelain, which is great for digestion. Keep things moving for the best skin!

• Kiwis: Did you know you can eat the skin? At first it will seems a little strange but it is totally fine. It’s also a great food for getting the bowels moving.

3. Vitamin A: is essential for the renewal of skin cells and promotes cell turnover, which will keep you looking fresh and renewed! Retinol and Beta Carotene Rich!

• Carrots are easy to eat as a snack, to shred, add into salads or just eat raw. Steaming your carrots help you to get more beta-carotene out of them! Rainbow carrots are available locally in the summer month! (beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A in the body and that promotes antioxidant activity) Hello Gorgeous!

• Sweet Potatoes rich in Vitamin A and these are a great option and they are also a great baked fry option!
• Goji Berries perfect snack, they taste sweet but don’t give you a sugar crash afterwards. You can easily make a trail mix with them and keep it at your desk to snack on. (Recipe for trail mix below.)

4. Vitamin E: Has amazing anti-inflammatory properties so it can aid in certain skin conditions such as psoriasis. Remember that meat is a poor source of this vitamin so ensure you are getting your fruits and veggies in!
• Avocados are great for your skin and are full of healthy fats, can also be applied topically to the face. (recipe)
• Mangoes are super awesome, refreshing and are a great summer addition your diet, and help clean you skin. These have lots of the pre-biotic fibre needed for proper digestion and elimination.
• Almonds, these little nuts are amazing, rich in Vitamin E and comes in milk and almond butter options! Amazing!

5. B Vitamins, Range of B Vitamins like B5 Panthothetic Acid, B3 Niacin and B6 Pyridoxine:

• Dark leafy greens like Kale are easy to make as chips and greens helps your liver produce enzymes that help keep your skin clear.
• Eggs full of a lot of vitamins and a boiled egg is an easy portable source when boiled.
• Lentils are easy to make and they are a great vegan protein source.

RECIPES

1. Baked Artichokes

Ingredients
• 2 artichokes
• 1 lemon
• 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
• salt & pepper
• 6 garlic cloves
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut the bottom stem and top 1/3 off artichoke with a sharp, serrated knife then use a small paring knife to hollow out and discard inner, center leaves. Spread artichoke leaves out as much as you can then drizzle with half a lemon and 1 Tablespoon olive oil each. Season liberally with salt and pepper then put in chopped garlic cloves in the crevices in the hollowed out center. Place and on pan, then roast for 50-70 minutes or until very tender.

2. Get on the Goji Berry Trail Mix!
Ingredients
• 1 cup Goji Berries
• 1 cup Walnuts
• ½ cup chopped dark chocolate ( 85% dark and up)
• 1 cup pumpkin seeds
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• raw tsp honey
Directions
Mix and place in a jar to take take to work with you or on the go!

This is a easy snack full of awesome vitamins for the skin. Chocolate is great with antioxidants, pumpkin seeds have zinc which helps with skin renewal and the goji berries are full of vitamin C! Walnuts have brain feeding omega 3s and the raw honey and cinnamon are great for your digestion!

3. Edible Avocado Face Mask

Ingredients

• 1tsp raw honey
• ½ unsweetened almond milk
• 1 ripe avocado
• 1 tsp matcha green tea (optional)

Directions
Blender and apply to skin! You can eat any leftovers! :)

Check out the segment here! http://ottawa.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=618009&binId=1.1164511&playlistPageNum=1

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