For most of us, the idea of a delicious snack waiting in the wings is enough to make a dreary day slightly more tolerable. Or maybe that’s just me, but I stand by my belief in the profoundly inspirational power of snack food. Especially since this belief falls in stride with the widely known fact that eating more small snacks frequently throughout the day is actually a lot healthier than eating large, infrequent meals. Basically reaffirming what we all already know: less is more, well more frequently at least.
So now that we’ve got the timing thing down, it’s time to get to the meat of the issue (see what I did there?). It’s extremely easy to extol the virtues of snacking, so why not take the trip to the communal office fridge for a noble cause — the sake of your skin.
Beauty trends may come and go, but radiant skin will always stay in style. So while you may not be able to be able to splurge on a White Caviar Illuminating Facial, let’s get practical by spoiling our skin from the inside out. Here are the best things to snack on to make your stomach and skin sing in glorious harmony.
Nuts are always a great go-to snack: they’re bite-sized, shareable and don’t require any advance preparation. Almonds are an especially skin-friendly nut, as they are rich in Vitamin E, which is helpful in maintaining radiant skin and healing the look of skin that may have been affected by acne or scars.
Tip: Try to buy unsalted nuts to control sodium, and roast them lightly at home with spices of your choice for a better-than-store-bought flavour.
This accessible and highly addictive snack has satisfied many a late-night craving for me. Avocados are rich in vitamins and antioxidants, and help improve the moisture and elasticity of skin. Guac is great because it’s easily customizable, pretty much the only constants (for albeit probably inauthentic guacamole) being ripe avocados and some sort of citrus.
Tip: I often add in parsley if I don’t have cilantro on hand, and I even add yogurt for a slightly creamier texture if avocados aren’t fully ripe, although I’m sure purists would scoff at this admission.
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In the last few years, yogurt has rightfully reclaimed its place as an extremely versatile dairy powerhouse (cheese had to share the spotlight at some point). Yogurt is packed with probiotics, Vitamin D, and has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Tip: For a quick and portable snack, pair frozen fruit with plain yogurt (the flavoured stuff is often full of sugar!) a drizzle of honey, and cinnamon.