You’ve probably heard a lot about antioxidants in foods that help stave off disease, but these free radical-fighting nutrients are vital for beautiful skin, too. Some topical products boast antioxidants in the ingredients, but you can get them to help you from the inside out by consuming antioxidant-rich foods all day. You’ll cut down on inflammation that worsens acne, repair the effects of sun damage and create a glowing complexion.
There’s a good variety of food that pack in a lot of antioxidants. Here’s how you can ensure you’re getting a steady flow of them all day long:
Breakfast: Berries, particularly blueberries, are some of the most antioxidant-rich foods. Start your day with a large fruit salad that includes a variety of fresh berries, paired with some sugar-free, fat-free yogurt. If fresh berries are out of season, buy frozen ones and whip them into a smoothie.
Lunch: Try a bean soup with lots of small red, kidney beans and black beans, and you’ll get the biggest antioxidant dose possible. Small red beans beat out all other foods for antioxidant quantity per serving and other beans are close behind.
Dinner: You may bypass russet potatoes because you think they contain too many carbs, but did you know they’re near the top of the list of antioxidant-rich foods? For a side dish, bake one up and add healthy toppings like low-fat cheese and salsa.
Snack: Have a handful of nuts and dried cranberries to keep hunger at bay and boost your antioxidant intake. Pair it with a cup of green tea.
Dessert: Bake a cinnamon-sprinkled Red Delicious or Granny Smith apple to finish off your antioxidant-packed day.
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