It’s Saturday night and you’ve got no plans. You instinctively grab your favourite snack, turn on your TV and start streaming your favourite show. Seems familiar right? This is a common ritual (especially during these cold and dark winter nights) that can have a negative effect on your gut. But it’s not just our waistline we need to watch out for - we often forget what the food we’re nomming on does to our skin.
What you eat obviously affects your skin in more ways than you can imagine. In fact, the leading cause of breakouts can be attributed to the guilty pleasures that keep you fueled during your Netflix marathons.
Next time you reach for a snack, try these tasty treats that are awesome for your skin instead:
Ah, the humble hummus tops our list because of how simple it is to make at home. It’s an awesome way to fight cravings since it keeps you full while keeping your skin young and healthy at the same time. Hummus contains loads of fibre which helps balance your blood sugar levels. Wait - what does that have to do with skin? Well, proper blood levels allows for better nutrient transfer thus transferring more nutrients to your skin. Hummus is also made up of minerals such as magnesium and molybdenum, which have detoxifying effects that prevent pale and sagging skin.
Butternut squash soup
A comforting bowl of soup is such a simple and yummy snack that’s easily reheated and perfect for a night in. Squash is filled with carotenoids which help decrease damage done to skin cells. The powerful antioxidants in this vegetable help increase your skin’s glow and perceived attractiveness.
We’ve all heard about the wonders of vitamin C and how necessary it is to get in your day’s worth. Vitamin C is full of antioxidants that protect your skin from the free radicals that cause premature aging. A single kiwi has more than enough vitamin C for your daily dose - so next time you're craving something sweet with that show, grab yourself a kiwi!
This simple little snack is loaded with antioxidants, vitamin A and vitamin C. Vitamin A is awesome for fighting uneven skin tone and reducing fine lines. Blueberries are also great for balancing your hormones which can prevent acne breakouts from changes that occur in your body.
These guys pack a mean punch when it comes to fighting your cravings. Filled with omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin E, these nuts help smooth out rough, dry patches on your skin. Walnuts also contain loads of vitamin B which controls your stress levels. Less stress = less wrinkles!
To avoid your next breakout and keep your skin young and healthy, try grabbing one of these tasty snacks instead of that bag of chips. Your skin will thank you.