Feed your body, eat for health

Yesterday, I said that abs were made in the kitchen. With only that simple statement, I left myself open for another blog post.

I’m so smart.

Or lazy.

Doesn’t matter. Abs are made in the kitchen whether I’m smart or lazy. Strong bones and healthy skin are also made in the kitchen.

And sandwiches.

Abs, clear skin, strong bones and healthy bodies are the creation of what we eat, with a mixture of genetics and hormones. (Genetics and hormones, however, do not determine what we shove in our face. We do.) What we eat, we wear, and I hear style is important.

What should we eat to be healthy inside and out and to have stellar abs?

Green beans. I love green beans, but I haven’t quite mastered the art of cooking fresh green beans and husband hates frozen green beans so the canned variety (gross) are as good as we can do. Greens beans are great for weight loss, too.

Filling up on green beans, and other high-fiber foods, can help you prevent weight gain or even promote weight loss—without dieting…

Salmon. If fish could be fruit, salmon would be the super one.

The omega-3 fatty acids in oily fish—such as salmon and tuna—can boost your skin’s defenses against UV damage…

How does a Chili Spiced Summer Salmon Salad sound? Alliterated? That’s what I thought.

Blueberries. Psh. Or ALL berries. My German Shepherd eats blueberries when we’re nice enough to give him treats. He doesn’t like dog treats, but he’s all about some blueberries.

The diverse range of polyphenols—health-promoting plant compounds that include anthocyanins and ellagic acid—provided by the mix of berries is likely responsible for the observed benefits…

Watermelon. The unsalted variety. Thanks, Papa, but I like my watermelon sodium-free. Do you salt your watermelon? Stop it. That’s weird.

When it’s the red variety (some are orange or yellow), it also has lycopene, an antioxidant that may help protect against heart disease and some types of cancer…

Tomatoes. omg. yes. When I was young, I wasn’t nearly as big on tomatoes as I am now. I tweeted this week that there was never enough tomato sauce. Never.

Research in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition links consuming plenty of vitamin C-rich foods with youthful skin. The findings suggest that a higher intake of vitamin C from foods is associated with a lower risk of having wrinkled skin and age-related skin dryness in middle-age women…

Fresh tomatoes are loaded with vitamin C.

I use canned tomatoes most often when cooking like in my tomato soup.

I buy the variety without added sodium. I would buy organic if I could, but the price is a little too high for me. Why not buy fresh tomatoes? I never use one up before it rots. <— Reason #1 I wish I could stop by a market or fruit stand on my way home from work everyday. I’d never buy produce at the grocery store again. But, alas!

Except for the fact that the can isn’t that good for you, the tomatoes aren’t that bad!

What are your favorite healthy foods? What foods do you eat to keep your skin healthy?

Oh, yeah! zomg. It’s Friday the 13th. Ah. Black cats.