Beautiful, glowing skin starts on the inside. That's why it's so important to pack your diet full of antioxidant- and vitamin-rich foods that deliver all the nutrients your body needs.
When it comes to getting the most bang for your buck in terms of nutritional value, choose superfoods. These heavy-hitters are renowned for their sky-high nutritional content, so be sure to add them to your grocery list!
Here are five superfoods to add to your diet to get you started:
1. Acai berries
Small and dark purple, acai berries hail from Brazil and are a powerful superfruit. Acai berries contain high levels of the antioxidant anthocyanin, Authority Nutrition explained. In fact, acai berries contain more antioxidants than cranberries and blueberries. You can enjoy acai juice, or savor the berry in an acai bowl, which is an icy smoothie made from acai berries - almost froyo-like in consistency - and topped with fresh fruit, granola and nut butter.
Quinoa is an ancient grain that's packed with protein as well as all nine amino acids that our bodies are unable to produce on their own, as Greatist explained. Swap your usual carb at dinner for quinoa, mix it with vegetables or sprinkle it on salads.
This leafy green is packed with antioxidants, fiber, vitamin K and iron. Use it in salads or sautee it with a little bit of olive oil on the stovetop. Kale is also a great add-in for stir-fries and tastes great with low-sodium soy salt.
4. Sunflower greens
Delicate sunflower greens contain lots of protein and heart-healthy fat, but with less calories than sunflower seeds, according to Eat This, Not That!. They have a delicious nutty taste - the site recommends topping them with a little olive oil and sea salt for a light and tasty side salad.
Salmon is a super fish - it contains lots of omega-3 fatty acids, which support heart health. As Woman's Day magazine noted, just 3 ouncesof salmon provides a days' serving of omega-3s.
Add these superfoods to your diet and reap their health benefits!