If you want to feel good, look good and stay balanced, you've got to go back to basics, according to Lily Kunin, a New York City-based health coach.
Think about what makes you feel good: Is it eating a nutritious breakfast every morning? How about snacking on foods that ease stress and fuel your brain?
For Kunin, putting her most beautifully glowing self forward and staying balanced means eating four specific foods that help achieve radiant skin and boost overall health. Read on to find out what they are - and then, why not try them out for yourself?
Four foods for beautiful skin and staying balanced
#1: Pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are high in magnesium, also known as “nature’s anti-anxiety
” due to its ability to calm your nervous system. Kunin suggests getting your daily dose of pumpkin seeds by sipping on a golden turmeric elixir made with homemade pumpkin seed milk. If you’re craving something heartier, she suggests mini vegan pumpkin pies. You can also get your magnesium fix by noshing on dark leafy greens, grains, dark chocolate and salmon.
Cacao is a raw, pure form of chocolate and is proof that not all chocolate is made equal! Kunin loves cacao in the form of cacao powder or cacao nibs. One of cacao’s most noteworthy benefits is its ability to combat free radicals, which ultimately helps keep your skin healthy and protects it from ageing
. Another benefit of cacao is its mood-boosting, energy-enhancing chemicals. Kunin suggests adding cacao powder or nibs to breakfast oats, smoothies, yoghurts and chia pudding.
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Salmon isn’t touted a brain food for nothing! Full of omega-3 fatty acids, a type of polyunsaturated fat
, this fatty fish is brimming with brain-boosting benefits. Salmon will helps fight inflammation, keeps you focused all day long and even combats stress
that can lead to skin flare-ups, which is why one of Kunin’s go-to meals is a salmon bowl made with slow-roasted salmon. She also suggests getting enough other omega-3-rich foods in your diet, such as avocado, chia seeds, hemp
hearts and walnuts.
Sauerkraut is renowned for its gut-healing benefits, but Kunin assures that it’s fantastic for your digestion
, skin and immune system
too. She loves it for its delicious tanginess and adds its to most of her lunch and dinner bowls, especially when she’s feeling stressed or off balance. Kunin’s other favourite sources of probiotics includekimchee, kombucha, miso and apple cider vinegar.
Which other foods do you find help keep your skin clear and your mind and body balanced?
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