Did you know that food can make you beautiful?  Yup.  That's right... regular basic food can be just as important (and better for me) than that daily dose of Clinique moisturizer I lather on my face every morning.  Hard to believe that the healthy foods we eat are as vital to our skin as the pricey makeup we buy.  I know from experience that if I eat too much junk food, my skin immediately responds negatively.  It's like my body knows what I'm up to and is punishing me for not nourishing it as I ought to.

BUT, the story does not end there.  Just as our skin is quick to respond to negative food choices, it is also quick to recover and heal with the right nutritious choices.  Today I want to share with you guys my top 5 fave beautify foods!

If you want to read all about these 'beauty foods' you should check out Kimberly Snyder's health and nutrition books.  She eats incredibly nourishing foods and looks amazing.  While I believe it's most important to eat a moderate diet, I love knowing that some of the foods I eat everyday actually nourish my skin from the inside out!


 1.  Avocados-  I LOVE avocados... and let's be real, who doesn't?  They are filling, nourishing and oh-so-satisfying.  Avocados help to activate collagen which keeps skin healthy, soft and smooth!  The antioxidants in these super foods help to make your skin glow!  They are awesome to eat, but they also can be mashed up into a healthy face mask!
  2.  Spinach-  I eat spinach almost daily!  Stirred into an omelet for breakfast, eaten fresh in a big salad at lunch, or wilted alongside some protein at dinner, spinach is so versatile!  I love it and it loves me back... spinach is packed with plant based protein, iron and Vitamin K.  Spinach is loaded with Vitamin A, too, which keeps your eyes healthy!  All the vitamins help to keep your skin looking healthy and nourished!  I'll take that!
  3.  Sweet Potatoes-  You guys know I'm a sweet potato lover... with good reason!  They love me back!  Sweet potatoes are loaded with Vitamins A and C which also help to make your skin glow!  The beta-carotene helps protect you from the sun's rays.  They are sweet, but not sugary... satisfying, but not fattening (about 117 calories).  For an extra dose of dietary fiber, eat the skins!
  4.  Apples-  I eat an apple a day (okay, let me be honest... I eat at least 2).  They make the perfect midmorning snack!  Apples are sweet and filling, plus they actually help with hair growth (they help prevent baldness and thinning).  They are filled with important antioxidants and dietary fiber.  They contain Vitamin C which helps to clear up skin and copper which helps with natural protection from the sun.
  5.  Coconut oil-  Oh how I love coconut oil!! I actually use it to wash my face almost every day!  Coconut oil is said to help with scarring and can be used as a natural body lotion.  I sometimes put it in my hair before I style it as a heat protectant!  It can be used as a lip balm and make up remover, too!  It really is so versatile!  I love coconut oil... it's a true beauty essential!

How about you?!  What are your favorite 'beauty foods?'
 


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07/17/2014 10:43am

What a great round-up of foods, Cailee! I definitely eat my fair share of avocados, but need to use coconut oil more. I generally only use it in baking, but I need to change that! :)

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07/18/2014 5:42pm

Yes! I love it! You should try it! :)

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07/17/2014 11:25am

Honestly all of these foods are my favorites that I eat often!! When I was on a green smoothie kick the spinach in it always helped keep me full and was the perfect way to sneak in greens.

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07/18/2014 5:43pm

Great job girl! Way to go being healthy :)

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07/17/2014 11:33am

I believe it! From your list, I bet on apples.

ela h.

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07/18/2014 5:46pm

Yes! They are the best! :)

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07/17/2014 12:01pm

I've already eaten both avocado and spinach today, so I'm off to a good start! I do need to try out coconut oil - I've heard so much good stuff about it!

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07/18/2014 5:48pm

YUM! Great job! :) you should use it!

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07/17/2014 12:16pm

I absolutely believe there are beauty foods. I can always tell when I haven't eaten so well. Great post!

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07/18/2014 5:49pm

I know! It's amazing what food can do!

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07/17/2014 1:02pm

Wellll if these foods get me great skin and hair like you, sign me up ;)!

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07/18/2014 5:50pm

Aww! Thanks girl! :)

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I need to read this book! I'm going to start eating these foods everyday : )

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07/18/2014 5:53pm

Do it!! :) And they are great!

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07/17/2014 1:26pm

Oh yes! Kim! I went to her book launch party last year! She definitely has some great advice, however, I definitely need animal protein in my life! My favorite beauty food is definitely salmon! ha ha.

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07/18/2014 5:53pm

YUM! I love salmon!! It's great! :)

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As odd as it may sound, my major beauty food is carrots. I probably eat more than the average person, and it gives my skin a nice bronze tone.

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07/18/2014 5:54pm

YUM! Carrots are great! I love em :)

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We are what we eat! ;)
I feel so much better (from the inside out) when I eat healthy foods. I'm a fan of everything you listed and many more. I'll have to check out those books too!

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07/18/2014 5:55pm

Yes! So true! Great thoughts!

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07/17/2014 2:45pm

I eat all of these foods! I'd like to eat more coconut oil though. Avocados are my faaave!

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07/18/2014 5:55pm

YUM! Great food choices!!

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07/17/2014 5:18pm

Avocados are the best. I totally needed another excuse to eat them :)

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07/18/2014 5:56pm

YES! I LOVE avocados! They are so great!

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07/17/2014 8:20pm

Love all the foods on this list - especially avocados and apples. I would love to try using coconut oil in my hair though - thanks for sharing Cailee :) Have a great weekend!

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07/18/2014 5:57pm

Thanks! I love avocados and apples! Great foods!

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07/17/2014 9:38pm

This is such a great list, Cailee! Makes me feel good about eating 3 large sweet potatoes over the last day and a half haha! I love adding spinach to my salad. It's so tasty and a great way to sneak it into my diet. Love it in omelets, too. :)

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07/18/2014 5:59pm

YUM! That is so good :) I love sweet potatoes!

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07/18/2014 2:06am

I love that you've focused on what foods can do for our skin, rather than just the negatives of less healthy choices :) I grew up reading magazine articles about how sugar and fat could lead to pimples, but I wish more had focused on how healthy fats and fruit/vegetables can lead to glowing healthy hair and skin! You're writing the articles for the next generation ;)

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07/18/2014 6:02pm

Aww thanks Kari!! You are so encouraging and sweet :)

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07/18/2014 2:30am

Coconut oil... not sure why don't use it! I should, right? It's just that I did not know about its properties. I'm going to buy it today, I like the idea I can use it for my thin hair too.

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07/18/2014 6:04pm

You should use it!! I love it! :)

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07/18/2014 12:07pm

Such a great post! I definitely think foods can affect how we look. I'm an avocado junkie! I love apples and sweet potatoes too. I tend to steer more toward kale than spinach, but I need to try more spinach, and I'm still figuring out how I like coconut oil.

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07/18/2014 6:05pm

I love spinach! It's great in a smoothies! And thanks girl :)

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07/18/2014 1:20pm

Green tea (it's supposed to have antioxidants and a bunch of other benefits I'm too lazy to look up right now), and tons and tons of yogurt are my beauty foods.

I really ought to eat more avocados, they're delicious, and like you said, healthy :)

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07/18/2014 6:05pm

You are so right! Great food!! YUM! And green tea is a great choice too!

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07/18/2014 4:28pm

I love all of the "beauty foods" you've listed, and use them all regularly. They say beauty does come from within, and this is living proof! :)

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07/18/2014 6:06pm

Yay!! Good for you girl! :)

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07/18/2014 8:29pm

Great post!! Avocado, coconut oil, and spinach are daily eats for me, along with berries, dates and some kind of nut butter!

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07/20/2014 12:29pm

Good for you Brittany!! I'm sure you are feeling healthy and happy!! :)

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Jack B.
07/19/2014 5:36am

Hi Cailee, thanks for the post! I was wondering about the thing you said about avocados and how they can be used as a face mask... How do I do that? Are there other ingredients for that? Do I mix with milk? Add water? And can the other beauty foods be used as face masks? Will laying spinach over my face or rubbing a sweet potato on my skin have similar effects? I'm very curious about all of this, so please respond and let me know!

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07/20/2014 12:30pm

YES! I will have to do a post about using healthy foods as beauty products! :)

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07/19/2014 11:24am

I love spinach, apples, and coconut oil!

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07/20/2014 12:30pm

Good for you girl! :)

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Yay, I love all of those foods :) Love it when the things that are good for you also taste so good!

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07/20/2014 12:31pm

Agreed!! And you feel soooo much better eating them! :) Love it!

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Consuelo
07/20/2014 10:49am

Ohhh I love everything on this list!! Plus olive oil works wonders too!

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07/20/2014 12:32pm

Yes!! I've used that on my hair as well! So nice :)

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Mary
07/20/2014 11:02am

I was the camper at COW that was eating salad and you gave me your card after we had a brief conversation about healthy eating. I really like your blog. You do a great job!

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07/20/2014 12:33pm

Thank you Mary!! It was a pleasure serving you! I'm glad you like the blog and I hope that you are doing well with your low carb diet! Keep up the great work :)

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07/20/2014 1:04pm

I love all 5 of these and eat them all the time! Well apples mostly in the fall but still :) Hope you had a great weekend!!

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07/20/2014 1:08pm

Thanks Ashley! And I agree with ya! I can't wait for fall apples... they are the best! :)

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07/21/2014 11:06am

I find that the better I eat, the better my skin is. I can always tell when I have not been eating very well, as my skin starts breaking out.

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07/21/2014 5:37pm

Right?! My skin is so unforgiving when I eat bad!

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07/21/2014 12:36pm

Um if these foods make a person look as happy and healthy as you, I'm in! I love avo, apples, and most of those foods, so I think I'm in luck :) When a person eats good wholesome foods, they seem to shine from within and radiate health and beauty! xx

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07/21/2014 5:37pm

Aww! Thank you! And it's true though... foods really do effect my mood/ overall happiness!

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07/21/2014 4:02pm

Yum, I love all of these foods. I really do see a different in my skin when I'm eating well and staying hydrated.

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07/21/2014 5:38pm

Yay! And I know right?! They really do affect my skin as well!

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