Does the idea of beauty food make you cringe? Do you think there’s no way any food can be that fantastic? What is it made of? We get it. We thought the same thing, but it turns our there are nutrient-dense foods that are actually good for your outward appearance – like a beauty product – and good for you on a cellular level. Who knew?

Beauty foods in their most basic form are nutrient-dense foods that have anti-inflammatory properties that help to keep our bodies healthy from the inside out. Seriously! There are foods that act as a magic elixir for the body.

We’ve found a few recipes that are packed with good for you yumminess:

A powerhouse salad like this one that’s filled with a healthy balance of macronutrients (carbohydrates, healthy fats, and protein) and vitamins B and C plus a healthy dose of minerals is just what the doctor ordered. The ingredients are summer blueberries, quinoa, spinach, pumpkin seeds, dark, leafy greens and fresh avocado. This salad does everything. It leaves your skin glowing and smooth. It strengthens your hair and nails. It gives you clear eyes. Now you might be wondering what makes it pack such a powerful punch. That comes from each ingredient doing the work.
Pumpkin seeds, for example, have been shown to help with antioxidant support. They’re loaded with essential minerals. They have unique antimicrobial benefits. They’ve also been shown to have cardiovascular benefits and can help with benign prostatic hyperplasia or prostate gland enlargement. They’re loaded with mineral zinc, which is crucial to having healthy skin, strong hair, and strong, healthy nails.

Spinach or dark leafy greens are a great source of minerals and antioxidants. It’s commonly known, thanks to Popeye, that spinach is great for bone and muscle health. It contains phytonutrients that are known to decrease inflammation in the body. It also keeps the skin healthy by fighting free radicals. In addition, it’s a great source of fiber that promotes a healthy digestive system and helps to control your appetite by keeping you full longer.

Lemon contains a healthy dose of vitamin C. This vitamin travels through the body to neutralize free radicals. They also protect against other inflammatory diseases such as the debilitating rheumatoid arthritis.

Avocados are high in healthy fats and fiber. They contain essential nutrients like folic acid, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese.

Blueberries are wonderful for cardiovascular health. They promote good eye health and cognitive benefits and support overall antioxidant support.

Quinoa contains fiber, magnesium, zinc, copper, and protein.

Hemp seeds are a great source of healthy fat and protein. They can be thrown into any salad, shake, pasta dish, or just about anything. They’re perfect for anyone who wants to start a plant-based diet. They have a nice, neutral flavor that makes them easy to incorporate into any dish. A mere few teaspoons contain a whopping eleven grams of proteins.