We all want that secret recipe for looking younger. Well, it turns out, it’s not just about what you put on your skin, but what you put in your body too. From the creamy avocados on your toast to the dark chocolate you snack on after dinner, some foods have the power to give your skin that youthful glow we’re all chasing. Here’s a list of foods that are not only delicious but can also help you look and feel a bit more vibrant.

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Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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Ever wonder why people in the Mediterranean seem to age so gracefully? Extra virgin olive oil may be one of their secrets. This liquid gold is loaded with antioxidants and healthy fats that fight off the aging process, keeping your skin glowing and combatting those pesky wrinkles. It’s like a moisturizer from the inside out.

Green Tea

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Green tea is your skin’s best friend. It’s stuffed with antioxidants that tackle inflammation and keep your cells dancing happily. A cup or two a day can shield your skin from damage and keep it looking fresh and youthful. Plus, it’s a great excuse for a relaxing tea break.

Fish High in Omega-3s

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Fish like salmon aren’t just tasty; they’re rich in Omega-3 fatty acids that they hydrate your skin from within, keeping it plump and warding off fine lines. These fatty acids also dial down inflammation, helping to prevent redness and puffiness.

Dark Chocolate

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If you needed another reason to love chocolate, here it is: the antioxidants in dark chocolate protect your skin from the sun and help it stay hydrated and denser. Just make sure it’s the dark variety. Snacking on a square or two can actually fend off signs of aging.

Avocados

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Avocados are for more than just smashing on toast; they’re packed with substances that bless you with bouncy, hydrated skin. The healthy fats in avocados help keep your skin flexible and moisturized, which means you can say goodbye to dry, flaky skin and hello to a smooth, youthful complexion. As if we needed another reason to love guacamole?

Collagen

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Collagen is basically the scaffolding of your skin, keeping it firm and wrinkle-free. While your body makes less of it as you age, adding collagen-rich foods like bone broth or using collage peptides can help keep your skin looking firmer and more youthful.

Berries

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Berries are tiny powerhouses packed with antioxidants. These little wonders help protect your skin from damage and aging caused by free radicals and the sun. Plus, they’re delicious in just about anything. Eating a handful of berries can be a sweet way to keep your skin looking vibrant and young.

Tomatoes

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Tomatoes are the unsung heroes of youthful skin. Rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that fights aging, they help protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays. Adding tomatoes to your diet is an easy win for keeping your skin resilient and radiant.

Broccoli (and other green veggies)

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Broccoli and its veggie friends are like the ultimate skin care routine you can eat. They’re full of vitamins and antioxidants that support skin health, helping to reduce wrinkles and keep your skin looking youthful. It’s time to make friends with your greens.

Sweet Potatoes

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Sweet potatoes are not just for Thanksgiving. They’re brimming with beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in your body and helps keep skin smooth and youthful. Plus, they’re as versatile as they are delicious. A sweet potato a day keeps the wrinkles at bay.

Nuts

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Nuts are the perfect snack to keep your skin looking young. They’re full of essential fats, vitamins, and minerals that nourish your skin and help reduce the signs of aging. Whether you prefer almonds, walnuts, or cashews, munching on nuts is a crunchy way to support youthful skin.

Turmeric

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This golden spice isn’t just for curries; it’s a superhero for your skin. Turmeric’s active component, curcumin, has potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that can help keep your skin glowing and youthful. Adding a dash of turmeric to your meals is an easy way to spice up your skin care routine, just make sure to include black pepper with it to activate its benefits!

Here’s What I Did To Lose 15 Pounds And Finally See My Abs

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A few years ago, after being a CrossFit junkie for 4 years at the time, I decided on a goal: I wanted to finally see my abs and look how I felt I should’ve for the amount of time I spent in the gym. As a mid-30s woman who already ate well and considered myself healthy, it was an interesting journey to see what it took to actually achieve this goal. Here were the things that made the most difference. Spoiler alert: there’s no magic pill.

Continue Reading Here: Here’s What I Did To Lose 15 Pounds And Finally See My Abs

11 Simple Snacks for Better Blood Sugar Control

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Keeping your blood sugar in check doesn’t mean you have to skimp on snacking. In fact, the right snacks can be your secret weapon in maintaining those levels while still satisfying those mid-day cravings. Pairing up the good stuff—fiber, proteins, and healthy fats—can help to keep blood sugar steady. These snack ideas are as delicious as they are smart for your health.

See Them Here: 11 Simple Snacks for Better Blood Sugar Control

10 Foods That Deceive You Into Thinking They’re Healthy

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It’s easy to be fooled by foods that wear a healthy halo, especially when we’re trying to make better eating choices. Here’s the truth behind 10 foods that might seem like they’re on your side in the health department, but actually aren’t. Learn what makes them less than ideal and what to opt for in their place.

See Them Here: 10 Foods That Deceive You Into Thinking They’re Healthy

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Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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