12 superfoods you should add to your diet now
News update: swap your primer for a sweet potato – it will taste better, too! Sweet potatoes are not only healthy and delicious but also contain beta-carotene, which contributes to how soft your skin is. We think your h2b will love your silky soft skin, and all you need to do is treat yourself to some sweet potato wedges.
As your hair is made of protein, it is crucial to feed it a good amount of protein in your diet to keep it strong and healthy. Whether you're having your barnet in a beautiful updo, or a mass of flowing locks, we know you'll want your hair looking its best and without brittle ends. Eggs are one of the best sources of protein you can get and are beneficial to your diet as a whole.
This cute little fruit is a delicious and low calorie choice for your five-a-day. One of the best-known super foods, each berry is packed with antioxidants, which will have you glowing from the inside out. Eating more of this brightly coloured fruit will make you feel great and have a positive effect on your skin, especially for anti ageing. Just be careful not to cook them as it breaks down some of the important vitamins.
How does a bright, glowing and spot free complexion sound? Yes, we thought so! If it's the run up to your wedding and you need to give your skin a health blast, oily fish is the perfect way to do it. Mackerel in particular is loaded with two acids – eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic – which are super good for your skin and fight acne.
When it comes to walnuts, prepare yourself for a double whammy. Not only are walnuts an easy way to get Omega-3 fatty acids, they also contain copper. If you're not a fan of the usual source of Omega-3, fish, sprinkle some diced walnut on yogurt and fruit in the morning. Let your skin soak up the Omega-3, which improves skins elasticity and stops those wedding wrinkles from calling your wedding planner ten times a day! Copper is also a wonderful mineral to feed your skin as it helps produce collagen.
Avocado with its good fats and essential oils is a fantastic food to introduce to your diet if you feel that your hair and nails are looking brittle and dry. Not only is it perfect for a snack, you don't have to eat avocados to feel the effects! You can even create your own hair or face mask by blending a ripe avocado and leaving it to soak in for a little while!
You’ve been dieting and exercising for months to fit into your dream dress, but we have some good news for you – dark chocolate can actually be pretty nutritious! Choose an organic, good quality dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70% or higher and you can enjoy some of the health benefits from this delicious treat. As well as being a source of antioxidants and having links to lowering blood pressure, dark chocolate contains high levels of flavanols, which helps protect skin against sun damage and reddening. Perfect for destination wedding brides!
Kale is the new ‘in’ super food of the moment, with tons of celebrities taking it on board as a staple part of their diet. But why is this green leaf so popular? Well, not only is it full to the brim of Omega-3 fatty acids, lutein and zeaxanthin compounds – all of which help fight cardiovascular diseases, arthritis and eye sight degeneration – but it’s also super low calorie with very little fat and lots of flavour, making it the perfect swap for something like ice burg lettuce, which is much less nutritious.
It has been said that eating some grapefruit every day can help you loose up to a pound a week. Grapefruit is high in fat burning enzymes, which can speed up your metabolism. Being 90% water means that the calories are low and you feel fuller! Plus – they're delicious!
Paprika is a one-stop shop to giving you all the vitamins and nutrients you need for strong and healthy nails. Beta-carotene, Vitamins B, E and C and a healthy serving of iron all go towards giving you the perfect manicure to show off that sparkler, and are all found in paprika powder!
This one may seem a little bit weird, but we promise we’re not tricking you into getting stung. It turns out nettles have one of the highest levels of iron out of all plants, which is perfect for getting you back on form when you’re feeling tired. Nettles can be made into soup or a dressing, but a really easy way of reaping the benefits are to let some soak in hot water and make your own nettle tea!
Any excuse to eat this notoriously posh nosh, which is also known to be an aphrodisiac (perfect for newlyweds!) and we’re on board. But it turns out there are some great health benefits that will have you looking your best too. Oysters are full of good stuff, such as Omega-3 fatty acids, which can help stop acne, fights wrinkles and gives you glowing skin. The high zinc content found in oysters also boosts your immune system, which is much needed in the run up to your wedding. Tired and stressed from wedmin planning, the last thing you want is to fall ill!