It’s Super Bowl Weekend and football fans everywhere will tune in for what some consider the greatest television show on earth, Super Bowl 51! Millions of football fans, some not so much football fans, will park themselves in front of the TV to watch, and many of them will hold Super Bowl parties filled with snacks and drinks. It is said that on Super Bowl day the average American will eat over 6,000 calories, or about three times as much as the recommended daily intake. This means in order for those of us not wanting to consume this much and stick to our healthy goals, we should consider the fact that there are many healthy snacks that can help support your glow and healthy skin.
Snack on these 5 delicious game day seasonal skin health boosters:
#1 Cut up some Grapefruit.
Pick a pink one, because pink grapefruit gets its pink-red hue from lycopene, a carotenoid that can help to keep your skin smooth. There was a study published in 2008 in the European Journal of Pharmaceutics and Biopharmaceutics, where researchers found that of the 20 individuals studied, those who had higher skin concentrations of lycopene had smoother skin. You can also get lycopene from tomatoes, carrots, watermelon, guava and red peppers.
#2 Who doesn’t love Edamame!
Edamame is rich in isoflavones, and isoflavones act just like antioxidants, scavenging for and soaking up harmful free radicals caused by sun exposure. Isoflavones may also help to preserve skin-firming collagen, which begins to decline starting in our twenties. So enjoy this anti-aging snack.
#3 Carrots sticks anyone?!
Carrots contain the carotenoids beta carotene and lycopene, both of which may shield your skin against UV damage. There was another study done, where participants who were exposed to UV light had almost 50 percent less skin reddening after they drank about 1 2⁄3 cups of carrot juice or ate 2 1⁄2 tablespoons of tomato paste daily, in addition to their regular diet, for 10 to 12 weeks.
#4 Almonds, Yum!
Almonds are considered the ultimate power food for these chilly winter days. Almonds contain a significant amount of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, B and E, monounsaturated fats and minerals, and several antioxidants. All these nutrients help to keep the skin hydrated, and promote skin elasticity, help regenerate cells, and protect against pollutants and free radicals. Why not enjoy almonds as a snack.
#5 Make a Spinach salad.
Spinach boasts lutein, a carotenoid that protects your skin from UV damage. Make sure that when you’re buying spinach, try and pick the bunch located directly under the light. It is said that spinach stored continuously under the light for as little as three days boasted higher levels of vitamin C and preserved levels of K, E, folate and the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin.
Remember, this weekend when you are enjoying Super Bowl 51 you can treat yourself & still keep dryness and wrinkles at bay with these nutrient packed snacks that are filled with nutrients to keep your skin healthy, smooth, supple and wrinkle-free.