The sun is out and the temperature continues to creep up. Summer is nearly here! With the warmer weather comes barbecues, sipping wine on the porch and s’mores around the fire. All that sugar can wreak havoc on your skin. Instead, keep it glowing by incorporating different fruits and veggies into your diet. To keep skin looking its best, you want to add foods that can fight UV damage (for the days you forget your SPF at home). Many of these foods – especially those with dark red pigmentation – are rich in antioxidants, which can slow down cell damage.
Not sure where to start? Check out the list below for ideas:
Honeydew, much like its melon counterparts watermelon and cantaloupe, seems to be at every summer party gathering. Fill up your plate with this treat as a tasty and healthy snack. SF Gate noted that one cup of honeydew gives you one third of your daily intake of Vitamin C, an antioxidant that can help break down free radicals in your body. You’re also getting Vitamin B6 and potassium in a serving of this green melon. Want to mix it up? Toss a few slices of honeydew into a blender with diced strawberries and a drizzle of honey for a refreshing summer smoothie.
You’ll get an antioxidant boost from blood oranges. They’re perfect for juicing or for eating.
Slice open a blood orange and you’ll be entranced by the dark purple color of the fruit. While it is related to the navel orange, the blood orange does have some additional health benefits. It provides a boost of anthocyanin, an antioxidant which gives blood oranges their darker hue. Including these in your diet can help you fight heart disease as well as reduce the risk for cancer. Since these oranges are less sweet than navel oranges with a slight berry flavor, they are perfect for eating. Top a spinach salad with grilled chicken, goat cheese and blood orange slices for a beautiful, tasty lunch.
This good-for-you leafy green is typically overlooked thanks to kale’s popularity. However, it offers a mild taste that can make a stir fry shine or can become a healthy side dish. According to Medical News Today, it also gives you more than your daily dose of Vitamin K and Vitamin A. It also gives you a serving of protein: The USDA noted that 1 cup of cooked chard provides three grams of protein. Instead of using a pre-packaged wrap, you can use Swiss chard as a wrap for lunch: Spread mashed sweet potato in the center of the leaf, top with your favorite veggies and protein, then roll it all together. You’ll have an Instagram-ready lunch!
The summer brings garden-fresh foods that are bursting with flavor. Stop by a farmer’s market to discover what is local to your area. Pick up some fruits and veggies and add them to your meals. Your body will thank you!