Plant-based chef and health coach Lily Kunin literally wrote the book on what to eat for good skin; her recipes are designed to give you that lit-from-within glow that can only come from a balanced, healthy diet that favors unprocessed foods and lots of fresh produce. And, even though we're big fans of an effective face mask and the latest serums, "Whether we like it or not, our skin is a direct reflection of our digestion," Kunin writes in Mindbodygreen. Naturally, Kunin (who has been known to collaborate regularly with makeup extraordinaire Bobbi Brown) has a laundry list of foods she turns to when formulating her skin-plumping recipes, many of which she shares with Mindbodygreen. Below, read up on her arsenal of foods for good skin and how they work to "plump, brighten, and tone" your complexion, allowing you to "put your most beautifully glowing self forward."
"You know how retinoids are a godsend for anti-aging topically? Consider sweet potatoes the internal version. The Vitamin A in these sweet potato noodles helps trigger your body to slough off old skin cells." Try it in Kunin's sweet potato noodles recipe with a pesto sauce that's packed with kale, pepitas, and lemon for brightness.
"Walnuts are packed full of healthy fats that will help make your skin look plumper and more moisturized." Kunin's taco salad recipe includes carrots for Vitamin A, and greens for a healthy dose of fiber, which does wonders for the digestive system.
"Silica-rich English cucumber… helps draw water to your cells."
Slow-Roasted Wild Salmon
"Load up on this brain food rich in omega-3s. These polyunsaturated fats keep the brain running optimally, help you stay focused all day long, fight inflammation … [and] combat the stress that can lead to skin flare-ups to keep your skin looking glowy."
"Filled with gut-healing probiotics … lacto-fermented vegetables balance bacteria in the gut, which can help digestion, boost your immune system, and in turn keep your skin clear—both things that can be thrown off in times of stress."
"Otherwise known as pepitas, pumpkin seeds are a great way to get your daily dose of 'nature’s anti-anxiety,' aka magnesium."
"I’m referring to high-quality dark chocolate or foods that incorporate raw cacao powder or cacao nibs. Cacao fights free radicals, which helps protect skin and keep it healthy."
"Bone broth is… incredibly healing, boosts immunity, fights inflammation, and surprisingly can contain a high level of protein. Its healing qualities help cultivate a healthy gut and a healthy gut = healthy skin."
"Healthy-fat-filled avocados only add to the skin-glowing equation." Make Kunin's avocado gazpacho for hydration and Vitamin C-packed lemon juice, and an optional touch of jalapeño if you prefer things a bit spicy.
Head over to Mindbodygreen for Kunin's skin-glowing recipes using these ingredients.