- Red peppers - As much as I dislike peppers, I force myself to eat them because they contain 95 mg of vitamin C which is needed to make collagen. As we all know, collagen keeps skin supple, firm, resilient, and moist.
- Sweet potatoes - contain vitamins C and A, specifically carotenoids. Carotenoids prevent the breakdown of collagen.
- Sunflower seeds - contain vitamin E and linoleic acid. Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant, protecting against sun damage when combined with vitamin C.
- Wild salmon - Eat in moderation, of course, but this is a good source of protein which contain EPA and DHA (types of amino acids). These protect from sun damage and prevent the onset of wrinkles.
- Safflower oil - contains vitamin E and linoleic acid. Assists with skin moisture and firmness.
- Watermelon - contains vitamins A and C. As an antioxidant, vitamin C can reverse UV damage to skin (according to the Academy of Dermatology).
- Spinach - contains vitamins A, C, and E.
- Oranges - contains heaps of vitamin C. Prevents the sailor's blight, scurvy, and aids in maintaining moisture in skin with fewer wrinkles.
- Tuna - source of EPA, DHA, and niacin. Niacin increases collagen production.
- Peanuts - great source of protein, vitamin E and niacin.
Web MD provides a great wallet-sized printout for serving sizes as well as a healthy shopping guide and list. I also really like Web MD's BMI Plus Calculator.
Let's get healthy and stay happy! ^.^