Skin Protectant Foods

June 25, 2018

Protecting your skin during the hot, summer months is extremely important. While organic sunscreens or non-toxic sunblocks can be a tremendous help in helping us keep our skin safe from UV rays, our food choices can also help protect us from the sun AND help treat our skin if we’ve been overexposed outdoors. Naturally protecting our skin with fruits and veggies when temperatures rise is an easy way to incorporate delicious seasonal produce into our skin care regime.

 

Plant-based foods that have been linked to skin protection:

 

Citru Fruit : Foods high in Vitamin C, have been linked to reducing the risk of succumbing to a sunburn and skin cancer, especially when paired with Vitamin E

Strawberries : These berries are high in antioxidants and Vitamin C and have been shown to to protect skin from sun damage AND help heal sunburns

Almonds : ALmonds are one of the best sources of VItamin E, which helps protect and repair the skin from harsh sunlight. They contain quercetin, which helps fight against UV damage and and the wrinkle -causing breakdown of collagen.

Tomatoes : Tomatoes are full of lycopene, which is a carotenoid and antioxidants that fight against the free radicals produced from too much sun exposure. They also help to minimize the body’s inflammatory response to UV rays

 

And pairing these UV-fighting foods with refreshing summer salads is the perfect way to protect your skin this season. Try these three delicious, nutrient-dense dressings and make your skin more powerful!



 

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STRAWBERRY LEMON BASIL DRESSING

 

1 cup fresh strawberries, halved

3 tbsp lemon juice

¼ cup fresh basil

1 clove garlic, minced

1 tbsp avocado oil

2 tsp maple syrup

Salt and black pepper to taste

 

Blend all ingredients together until smooth, then serve over greens

 

 

 

 

 

CREAMY ROASTED TOMATO DRESSING

 

 

2 cups grape tomatoes

¾ cup olive oil

¼ cup soaked cashew

¼ cup fresh basil

¼ cup red wine vinegar

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

Salt and black pepper to taste

 

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Toss grape tomatoes with 1 tsp olive oil, salt and black pepper

Roast on a baking sheet for 15 minutes or until the tomatoes start to char

Add to blender with all other ingredients and blend until creamy

 

 

TURMERIC HEMP GINGER DRESSING

 

 

¼ cup lemon juice

1 inch fresh ginger, minced

1 clove garlic, minced

3 tbsp avocado oil

1 tbsp hemp seeds

1 tsp ground turmeric

Salt and black pepper to taste



 

Blend all ingredients together until smooth, then serve over greens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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