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 out 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 keep our bodies healthy from the inside out. Seriously! There are foods that act as a magic elixir for the body.

Here’s a bold and beautiful salad that is 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, lemon juice, hemp seeds, and fresh avocado. This salad does everything: it leaves your skin glowing and smooth, strengthens your hair and nails, and 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, and they’re loaded with essential minerals and have unique antimicrobial benefits. They’ve also been shown to have cardiovascular benefits and can help with benign prostatic hyperplasia, or prostate gland enlargement. Pumpkin seeds are also loaded with the mineral zinc, which is crucial to having healthy skin, strong hair, and strong healthy nails.

– Spinach:

as with all dark leafy greens, is a great source of minerals and antioxidants. It’s commonly known, thanks to Popeye, that spinach is great for bone and muscle health. Also, it contains phytonutrients that are known to decrease inflammation in the body and it keeps skin healthy by fighting free radicals. In addition, spinach is a great source of fiber that promotes a healthy digestive system and helps 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 and protects against inflammatory diseases such as 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 provide 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, and 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 protein.

By Monica Cure