Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Who Says Nanas Can’t Have Skin Like a Baby’s?

Recipes that help you eat your way to softer, dewier, prettier skin!

Both the local meteorologist and gal at the make-up counter are saying it: that this time of year is well-known for the “winter-itch”—dry skin, thanks to lower humidity. While moisturizer might be the most obvious remedy of all, a healthy diet—rich in omega fats and antioxidants—can provide some real relief too. Of course, I recommend a skin-friendly eating regime 365 days a year, to all six billion of us on the planet, but today’s post is a shout out to Nanas, who deserve to look as young as they feel.

Here’s what’s on my menu—just 1 day’s worth of great, fresh food that gets a big thumbs up from dermatologists:
For Breakfast: Blueberry and Hazelnut Oatmeal and/or Citrus Slurpee
For Lunch: Seafood Salad with Mango and Ginger Tartar Sauce
For Dinner: Whole Wheat Spaghetti With Grilled Turkey, Broccoli Rabe, Red Peppers and Peas
For Dessert: Roasted Figs with Sweetened Orange Sauce

I’ve done my homework—use it to get your Nana Face On!
In 2006, I published a cookbook that tied healthy eating into better looks; it was called Gorgeous! The Sum of All Your Glorious Parts, and featured tons of nutritive and physical fitness research backed up by an M.D. and professional athlete. To this day, I’ve continued to practice what I preach—I now know that a steady diet of protein-enriched antioxidants is a first class ticket to smooth skin and fewer wrinkles. That’s why my menu plan (see above) for conquering dry, lifeless skin, and “getting your (Nana) face on” for the upcoming New Year, is all about the dark leafy greens, good, fresh, iron-enriched food, antioxidant loaded fresh fruit (i.e. citrus and berries), and above all, seafood…it’s the ultimate anti-aging choice because it has omega-3 fatty acids—an eraser of fine lines and crow’s feet.

It’s like “fishing for compliments”…on how good you look!
Throw these into the cart when you pass “Seafood” at the grocery store!
--Fresh or canned albacore tuna

But what if Nana’s a Vegetarian?
Beans and grains are another great way to get your Omega-3’s; their extracts, found in flaxseed, walnut and canola oils are yet another way to go. Did I mention yet, that a great source of antioxidants are found in cocoa? Go have yourself a cuppa! Love those legumes, too! Red beans, kidney beans and black beans are at the top of the heap when it comes to antioxidants, as are our friends from the nut world: Pecans, hazelnuts, peanuts, almonds in raw and nut butter.

What’s in that stuff I slather on at night?
If you’ve ever turned a jar of your favorite youth-preserving facial cream around in your hands, you’ll notice the ingredient alpa-hydroxy acids (AHA), which help your skin slough off the layer of dead cells and regenerate healthy new ones. The good news is, you don’t have to get your AHA in a jar: Nanas can enjoy it in recipes containing milk, grapes, blackberries, strawberries, all citrus fruits and juices!

So, get to it, Nanas! Check out my new favorite thing that basically guarantees skin like a baby’s behind. If you babysit tiny grandchildren, you might already be living that…but your diet can point out the virtues of softer skin…without the baby powder!

4-Ever Young,

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