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Foods to help you look younger

I have been asked repeatedly by one client in particular for a diet to get rid of saggy skin.  Now if I knew the answer to that, I would be a very wealthy woman!  However, I did find four foods that can help your skin look radiant and younger looking.

  • Sweet Potatoes-a great source of beta-carotene.   Beta-carotene plays a huge role in skin cell renewal and is a potent antioxidant, which means it eats up free radicals that accelerate skin aging.  A great way to enjoy sweet potatoes are as fries.  Cut peeled potatoes into 1/4 inch strips and spread them out on a baking sheet.  Mist the fries with oil spray and season with salt, pepper, ground cinnamon, curry powder, chili powder, or any seasoning you like.  Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
  • Carrots-also very high in beta-carotene.  Try roasted balsamic carrots!  Cut 1 pound of carrots into 1/2 inch wedges.  Spread the carrots over half of a large sheet of aluminum foil, and sprinkle them with 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1/4 teaspoon paprika, salt, and pepper.  Drizzle carrots with 1 tablespoon olive oil and fold the foil over to create a tightly sealed packet.  Place on a baking sheet at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until carrots are tender.
  • Spinach-has 3 antioxidants: Vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene.  Make spinach marinara by wilting spinach leaves into a pot of simmering tomato sauce, then serve over pasta or grilled chicken.
  • Pecans-high in vitamin E, which forms a protective barrier in cell membranes of the skin, helping to keep it firm and elastic.  Toast pecans on a baking sheet at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, making sure they don’t burn.
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January 31, 2010 - Posted by | Food

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