We have been on an endless pursuit of looking better, being healthier and, as much as possible, slowing the clock that has been placed on our body called age. Every time that we believe that the answer to preserving youth and a youthful appearance is found, there seem to always be new discoveries made to mess with the status quo. However, some things do remain the same and that is the vitamins and minerals that are found in our food sources which can provide us. So if you are curious about what you should be filling your diet and stomach with, read on!
For Collagen Boost
To achieve the bouncy and taut skin like that of a baby’s, collagen may be what you will need to start adding into your diet. But before you head out with your purse to grab the collagen supplements you have seen on advertisements or in beauty and skincare stores, swapping things up for your meal or snack time may be more cost-effective and a better bet in keeping up with the collagen boost game.
To decide on what to include or swap out, you will need to understand that collagen is actually the protein in our body which is responsible for giving the hair, skin, nails, ligaments, tendons and bones structure and the beautiful glow. One way is to obtain collagen is to consume foods that are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids. They can be found in salmon, tuna (bluefin & albacore), walnuts, chia seeds, mustard greens, soy foods and more. To start off, try swapping out your sodium-laden chips to a trail mix of nuts, replace the meat option in your meals to salmon, sardines or mackerel at times. Perhaps, also making a switch of that tangy, tomato pasta sauce to a delectable pesto and enjoy a change in the dinner menu for some days? Check out this list of food that you can get your dosage of omega-3 fatty acids from:
- Bluefin and albacore tuna
- Chia Seeds
- Soy foods and soybean oil
- Mustard greens
Ways To Enjoy Them:
Bake or pan-fry the larger fishes with your go-to blend of spices, onions and your favourite vegetables. As for sardines, they make wonderful sandwiches fillings when shredded to flakes or mixed with tomato relish. For anchovies, we are sure that those crispy anchovies that complete the nasi lemak (a Malay fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaf) experience or that burst of umami flavour in Caesar salads have an irresistible charm. As for the plant-based options, they are versatile and can practically go with everything! They can also be consumed raw in a salad or as toppings with yoghurt.
For Antioxidants Boost
The best way to rid fine lines, or stall the signs of ageing of your body for that matter, is by getting antioxidants into your body. Antioxidants and vitamins from the list of food below can help protect your skin and organs from oxidative damages caused by free radicals and UV rays from the sun. Yes, a radiant glow from within does comes hand in hand with this boost too.
Apart from piling your plates with fruits and vegetables, dark chocolate is one of the best treats in the lot that you should indulge in. The flavonoids found in dark chocolates can also help in ridding the pesky little bumps that never seem to go away on your nose no matter how your scrub or mask them. A square of dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa a day is really all you will need to put yourself in a good spot to enjoy this beauty hack.
If you are looking for an antioxidant saturated food, try making way for these following foods:
- Acai Berries
- Citrus fruits like – oranges, grapefruit, lemons & limes
- Sweet potatoes
- Bird’s Eye Chilli
Ways To Enjoy Them:
Enjoy the fruits and vegetables raw, individually or as a salad. Tossing them into your yoghurt, oats or a component of your cheese platter can be really delightful. Make yourself a large jug of fruit infused water or tea and sip away with your pal over brunch or even as a daily drink while you get on with your day. The vegetables are wonderful for a platter of grilled vegetables as a side to couple up with a meat or main dish. If you are up for making some broccoli soup, crisp some kale in the oven to enjoy the soup with. The kale chips are great for snacking throughout the day without being a calorie burden. As for the spicy food lovers, we are sure the bird’s eye chilli taste delightful in any dish that requires a little kick. Our favourite? Aglio Oli with a plethora of mushrooms for sure!