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Beauty Foods
Written by Alyssa Bauman   

As the saying goes, you are what you eat. Get gorgeous with these top five to live by.

photo of flower and open coconutTrue beauty really does come from within. Whether 26 or 62, what we eat shows on our faces. But eating for vanity has benefits beyond our complexion. Take note of these top five beauty foods to get gorgeous – inside and out.

1. Quinoa

This mineral-dense and gluten-free ancient grain has a slightly nutty flavor that’s high in protein and fiber, yet low in fat and low on the glycemic index (which means it will help keep your blood sugars even). Make this your go-to carb fix.

How to eat: Use in place of pasta and other wheat grains.

Beautifying traits: Easily digestible seeds free up the body for other functions - repair, rejuvenate, renew (Hello beauty!) - instead of working super hard on digestion and absorption (Goodbye beauty busters wheat and gluten!).

2. Chia Seeds

Chia has been around for millennia and is everywhere now, for good reason. Chia is the highest plant source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and is also an amazing source of protein, calcium, potassium and iron. Plus, it’s high in fiber and antioxidants.

How to eat: Sprinkle on salads or add ¼ cup to baking recipes, pancakes or smoothies.

Beautifying traits: These little seeds pack a huge beauty punch. Chia’s slimming effect will have you addicted. It controls hunger as it expands in the belly and keeps cravings at bay. It’s also a great skin plumper.

3. Kale

This dark, leafy green is rich in vitamins K, A, C and E, minerals, enzymes, magnesium, fiber, protein (Yes, protein!), calcium, and omega-3 fatty acids. It also fights fatigue, strengthens the immune system and reduces sugar cravings. What more do you need?

How to eat: Juice it, sauté it in garlic, eat it raw, roll it around some avocado or make a yummy kale salad.

Beautifying traits: Leafy greens are like pure, sparkling sunlight for the body. They contain alkalizing vitamins and minerals, blood building chlorophyll, and can help reduce stress. Happy and relaxed is beautiful!

4. Coconut

Coconut used to have a bad rep because of its high fat content, but it’s the healthy kind of fat we need. High in lauric acid, it enhances immunity and boosts metabolism.

How to eat: Its water, milk, oil and fresh meat are all valuable in our diets. Add dried unsulphured shredded coconut to smoothies, oatmeal and to your baking. Its oil adds a slightly nutty sweet flavour to cooking. Use it to replace butter in baking.

Beautifying traits: Leaves your skin glowing and your hair glossy. The medium chain fatty acids in coconuts prevent cellular degeneration, which slows the skin’s aging process. Coconut water is a super hydrator which gives the skin a plumped up, supple look.

5. Avocado

High in fiber, folates and phytontrients, this is the fat our body needs.

How to eat: Or how not to eat! Avocados are great on their own, sliced up in a salad, combined with kale or added to smoothies for a creamy texture.

Beautifying traits: The monounsaturated fats and vitamin E in avocados assist production of collagen, enhance skin tone and can reduce the appearance of wrinkles. They are also rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients, which lead to healthier cells. You can see it immediately if someone has been eating their avocados.

Alyssa Bauman -

Alyssa Bauman is a holistic nutritionist, wellness expert, TV personality, speaker and founder of Nourished Health Consulting. Her programs instill long lasting life-changing lifestyle tools to help you live your most fulfilled, vital and most vibrant life. Clean, healthy living shouldn’t have to be hard. Foods Alyssa can’t live without: lemons, avocados, kale and pumpkin seeds.  Sign up for her free monthly Nourished notes for recipes and nutrition wisdom at nourished.ca.

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