I love eggs, and you’ll see them all over my Instagram. Usually scrambled or sunny side up on top of avocado toast. YUM. Many of you know that eggs are part of a healthy diet and a great source of protein, but there is still the misconception out there that the yolk is “bad” for you. Not true at all. Let’s see why you should be eating the whole egg and break down the myths.
Oatmeal is a great, classic healthy breakfast. But I know, it can get boring. We all know oatmeal is a great complex carb full of fiber, but a bowl of oats by itself isn’t really a balanced breakfast because it lacks a good amount of protein. That’s why I love egg white oats!
Now, I know you may be thinking “ew… egg whites in oatmeal?!” Just wait, my friend. Trust me, you can’t taste them! Egg whites are a great source of lean protein and instantly add a protein boost to your oats! Also, they make the oatmeal super fluffy, which makes you feel like your eating more oatmeal (without the extra carbs). You can make them on the stove, or in the microwave for an even faster option. This recipe is super simple and will be sure to satisfy your taste buds and tummy.
Okay, I gotta admit Chipotle is my favorite “fast food” restaurant. I love all the flavors and I love getting to create my own burrito bowl with whatever I want! Although Chipotle is a healthier option than many of its fellow fast food chains, you can whip a quick burrito bowl at home that’s even better! I’ll show you how a few healthy swaps can take a classic Burrito Bowl from a health disaster to a perfectly healthy meal!
I get asked all the time what’s my secret for glowing skin. Honestly, I keep my skin care super simple- but I do think my diet plays a big role in it! These foods’ skin super powers will make you excited to eat them! Remember eating healthy doesn’t just show in your body, but it will show in your skin, eyes, and hair too!
While I don’t eat 100% healthy, 100% of the time- I do aim to incorporate vitamin & mineral-rich fruits and veggies and healthy fats every day. Trust me I don’t skip on the fats. And LOTS of water! Hydration is key! What you put into your body shows on the outside- not just through “weight” or “muscle tone”, but also in your skin!!! Healthy fats and antioxidants are some of the most important nutrients for glowing skin. Here are some of my favorite foods for healthy skin and why they’re so amazing:
These kind of have everything. They’re super rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, vitamins A and C, and fiber. They help brighten dull skin, smooth tone, and moisturize on a deep cellular level to prevent dryness which can lead to wrinkling. They help protect from sun damage and environmental pollutants and their fiber and lubricating oils help digestion which keeps your intestinal tract healthy and able to efficiently remove waste so your skin glows.
How I Like Them: Is this even a question? On EVERYTHING and ANYTHING. Smashed on toast with sea salt and pepper is quite a fav, though. Add an egg and it’s even more delictable.
These little guys are one of the best edible sources of Vitamin E. Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant that is incredibly nourishing to the skin and protects it from those damaging UV rays. It also contains monounsaturated fatty acids which moisturize the skin, keeping it hydrated and soft.
How I Like Them: I like to eat them plain as an easy snack or my favorite way, in the form of almond butter. When buying almonds, look for raw or plain roasted- you don’t want any added hydrogenated oils.
Walnuts are awesome. Like salmon, walnuts have omega-3 fats that strengthen the membranes of your skin cells, increase moisture, and boost suppleness. They also reduce inflammation that causes acne or skin redness.
How I Like Them: On oatmeal with banana, cinnamon and honey. Banana bread in a bowl, basically. YUM.
4. COCONUT OIL
There seems to be a coconut cult following lately. And there’s a good reason to hop on the band wagon. Coconut oil has benefits for so many things I could do a whole post on it, but I’ll focus on the skin for today. Coconut oil can be eaten or applied topically. Coconut oil has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties which help promote a healthy intestinal tract – Meaning it kills bad bacteria in the gut. When our intestines are happy and healthy, we are properly eliminating waste and not releasing toxins through the skin instead. This helps prevent acne and other skin problems. Additionally, it’s medium chain fatty acids are a great emollient for the skin and keep it supple. It can be used as a body moisturizer or hair mask. Its antioxidant properties also prevent the formation of free radicals that cause early aging.
How I Like It: I like to use coconut oil for cooking- I usually use it to sauté veggies! Its also good in place of butter on toast! I also use it as a moisturizer on my body (and as an eyelash conditioner) every night before I go to bed!
This fish is one of the best food sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These fats avert fine lines and wrinkles by keeping your skin looking youthful, supple, and moisturized. They are also highly anti-inflammatory which reduces the body’s stress hormones and decreases clogged pores. Salmon also has selenium which is a mineral that protects from sun damage.
How I Like It: Simply grilled or baked with lemon, salt, and pepper. It’s so good it doesn’t need to be fancy. It pairs really well with quinoa and asparagus too. 😉
Berries are known as the queen antioxidants! And for a reason! Their pigment comes from a powerful antioxidant called anthocyanin which helps buffer and prevent damage from toxins and free radicals on the skin. They also contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant that fights the break down of elastin and collagen and protects from sun damage. They also provide a boatload of vitamin C which stimulates the production of collagen and elastin.
How I like them: I love them as a topping for greek yogurt or oatmeal. Also great smashed on peanut butter toast in replacement of sugary jelly.
8. SWEET POTATOES (ORANGE)
Orange sweet potatoes get their color from beta carotene (Vitamin A) which has major protective qualities from sun damage. Many popular anti-aging creams contain retinol which beta carotene is converted to. By eating foods rich in Vitamin A, you’re getting your retinol the best way possible. They’re also full of vitamin C which stimulates the production of collagen and elastin.
How I Like Them: Baked and topped with almond butter and cinnamon. DIVINE.
Or cut up into cubes, roasted, and seasoned with chili, cumin, and sea salt.
Okay! So those are my top foods for healthy skin! I seriously love all these, and they are all a regular part of my diet. Learn to incorporate a few, or all, of them, to reap the benefits of all those vitamins and healthy skin! Along with drinking plenty of water, these foods should help get your skin glowing from the inside out!
With starting fresh with my new blog, I wanted to start talking more about real life topics that we can all relate to. I talk about health and beauty all the time, and I think one of the biggest keys to both of those is mental health and self love.
Like many girls, I have struggled with body image and self image in the past, and it led to years of disorder eating and unhealthy habits. I was never satisfied with what I saw in the mirror whether I thought I looked to fat or too skinny. I searched and searched for the “perfect” diet. I became obsessed with trying to be as healthy as possible and strived for a “model body.”
I thought that being thinner would make me happy, but even at my lowest weight (a mere 90 pounds) I was not all happy. Everyday was a battle against food and against my own mind. I didn’t see the skeleton everyone else saw. I was just caught up in calories and numbers. I was always comparing everything I did or ate to all the people I followed on social media. It was exhausting.
I didn’t understand why my relationships with people in my life were suffering, why my golf game was getting worse, or why I always in a bad mood. I was so blinded by the disordered thoughts that I couldn’t see I had a problem.
As time went on, I realized I needed to change. I began educating myself on health, and started getting into weight lifting. I switched my workout mentality from “burning calories” to “getting stronger”. I began to see food as fuel and not something to be feared. I began to use fitness to enhance my life, not make my life revolve around fitness. I gained back excitement for the things I’m passionate about and a new passion for true health.
I began to focus on what made me happy. I began to focus on what made me feel healthy and not just copy what I saw some fitness girl on Instagram post. I stopped trying to be perfect and started to just be me again. I started eating to fuel my body, and slowly over coming foods that “scared” me. I not only gained pounds, but I gained smiles, laughs, and peace.
Mental health is just as important as physical health. Healthy is taking care of yourself mind, body, and soul. If being healthy is stressing you out, you’re doing it wrong. Focus on your happiness first, and the rest will begin to fall into place.
Stay happy & healthy.