Summer is around the corner and I’m thinking about how I can look good in my cute new shorts. First step? Eating right. Personal Trainer and Food Coach Valerie Waters, who has worked with Jennifer Garner and Jessica Biel, shares her healthy picks for foods that will keep you looking AND feeling fit.
Grapefruit: The best way to look good on the outside is to fill the body with key foods and beverages on the inside. Vitamin C found in Florida grapefruit and 100% grapefruit juice supports collagen production to help keep skin looking youthful and glowing. Grapefruit juice is also more nutrient dense than other commonly consumed 100% fruit juices.
Dark Chocolate: We all crave sweets, but it is important to be smart about the types of sweets you are having. I recommend melting 2 squares of dark chocolate and dipping strawberries in it. Surprisingly, a small taste of any treat can satisfy a sweet tooth. Dark chocolate is full of antioxidants and by pairing it with strawberries, which are full of fiber, you will stay fuller for longer.
Peanut Butter: Peanut and other nut butters, such as almond, are a great source of protein and dietary fiber, so it will fill you up and keep you energized throughout the day. Peanut butter is also rich in vitamin E, which helps combat aging of the skin and protects against UV light and cell damage from free radicals. Try spreading a tablespoon of peanut or almond butter on one piece of whole grain toast before a workout.
Spinach: Spinach is one of my favorite dark leafy greens! It is loaded with essential vitamins and nutrients. I like to add it to my breakfast routine for an extra boost - 1/2 whole wheat English muffin with 1 poached whole egg, sliced tomatoes and steamed spinach.
Salmon: Salmon is full of protein and can help fuel you throughout the day. It also is packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, which help boost brain power and keep you alert. Try adding salmon to a salad for lunch or grill it and pair with brown rice and vegetables for dinner.