Salads are top on our summer menu as they are packed with natural skin-boosting properties to leave you with radiant, wrinkle-free skin. Simply throw a selection of the ingredients together and add a drizzle of Udo's Choice Ultimate Oil Blend for the perfect summer lunch. Here's a rundown of our top salad staples to help get you started!
Munch on spicy radishes for an instant anti-ageing boost. This spicy salad must-have is low in calories yet high in collagen-producing vitamin C which keeps skin supple and wrinkle-free.
2. Mixed leaves
Opt for mixed salad leaves over regular lettuce. Dark green varieties such as spinach, watercress and rocket are crammed with free radical-fighting antioxidants and help to boost liver function by flushing unwanted toxins from the body.
Maintaing adequate fluid intake is important to keep skin cells plump and hydrated, so tuck into crunchy cucumber to top up your daily liquid intake. Cucumber, a classic salad favourite is largely made up of water with a wealth of super-skin nutrients such as vitamins A and C. Slice up any extras and place them over your eyes to help reduce eye puffiness.
From juicy cherry tomatoes to flavoursome plum, tomatoes are rich in the antioxidant lycopene which helps to offset the damage caused by the sun’s UV rays.
Slice up some red, yellow and green peppers to give your salad a natural anti-ageing kick. Brightly coloured vegetables like bell peppers are crammed of wide variety of anti-ageing antioxidants. Eat them raw to retain the high nutrient value.
6. Mixed seeds
Good fats are an important part of any balanced diet. They keep skin cells hydrated, blast away lacklustre skin and give skin a natural glow. Ultimate Oil Blend is a convenient blend of three organic seed oils containing the essential fatty acids omega 3 and 6. Top your salad with a splash of Ultimate Oil Blend to make sure you get your optimum daily good fat quota.
Defy the signs of ageing with oily fish such as salmon. High in protein, salmon helps to improve skin tone and increases levels of fatty acids which keep skin youthful.
Well known for their eyesight-enhancing benefits, carrots contain a cocktail of antioxidants like betacarotene and vitamin A which give skin a natural sun-kissed glow.
9. Red onion
Red and purple foods are a good source of wrinkle-blasting sulphur containing ingredients which help to protect the body from disease along with antioxidant flavonoids which keep the skin in tip top shape.
10. Alfalfa sprouts
Roll back the years with alfalfa sprouts. These crunchy sprouts are a good source of collagen regenerating vitamin C which helps retain the skin’s natural elasticity.
Louise Pyne is a nutritionist and member of The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy. Louise graduated from the prestigious College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2012 and has since been practicing in London, where she offers clients bespoke nutritional packages to help with a wide range of health concern. For more information visit www.louisepynenutrition.com