They say abs are made in the kitchen. If you’ve been having healthy meals in your chic remodeled kitchen for months now and there's still no sign of a six-pack, you might be getting something even better without knowing it: younger.
Fancy creams and gels might help restore that youthful glow, but there’s nothing quite like the power of good food to change your body from the inside out.
By following a healthy lifestyle, staying active and eating a nutritious diet, you can help slow the aging process and even ward off age-related diseases like osteoporosis and heart disease.
Yes, you heard that right; red wine has been said to protect against heart disease, diabetes and age-related memory loss. It contains resveratrol, a compound that contributes to its benefits, and may even activate genes that slow cellular aging. Our recipe? Pour a big glass, kick your heels up and enjoy.
Compounds in blueberries calm inflammation and oxidative damage, which are associated with age-related deficits in memory and motor function. All of the antioxidants present in these berries help to clean up free radicals associate with disease, and it’s even been linked to slowing down Alzheimer’s disease. Fill your blueberry quota while satisfying your sweet tooth with these naturally sweetened Blueberry Bliss Breakfast Bars.
Juicing green veggies helps to break down the walls of plant cells so that the nutrients can quickly be absorbed into the body with minimal effort. This way, you’ll get a straight shot of antioxidants, enzymes, oxygen, chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals. Thirsty yet? Try any of these three refreshing juices chock full of veggies.
Fish is an abundant source of omega-3 fats, which help to prevent cholesterol build up in arteries and protect you against abnormal heart rhythms. Plus, it’s low in calories and high in protein, and it pairs well with basically any side. We’re partial to this Cashew Salmon with Apricot Couscous, which also incorporates age-defying yogurt, olive oil and nuts.
Nuts are very rich in unsaturated fats, so their benefits rival that of olive oil. They are also very concentrated sources of vitamins, minerals and other antioxidants, not to mention they are great for your heart health. They’re also ridiculously easy to incorporate into your daily life -- grab a handful of almonds as you pass through the kitchen, keep mini bags of nut mixes in your purse or make this delicious Simple Grain Free Granola.
Rich in calcium, which helps keep osteoporosis away, yogurt contains good bacteria that helps maintain a healthy gut and eliminates age-related intestinal illnesses. If you're looking for a unique way to incorporate yogurt into your diet, try these fluffy Greek Yogurt Waffles for a change.
The monosaturated fats in avocados enhance vitality and mental acuity, improves skin texture, protects cells from free radical damage and may even improve bone density due to the mineral boron, which absorbs calcium. Maximize these properties by serving avocados in their raw form, like with this cucumber and avocado soup.
These nutty seeds help improve your skin’s firmness and radiance and contain anti-inflammatory omega-6 fats, which forms part of the membrane that surrounds skin cells. The protein in these seeds also helps to synthesize collagen, keeping skin firm. Be sure to eat hemp seeds in their raw form, like in this mango smoothie recipe.
The monosaturated fats in olive oil are largely responsible for lower rates in heart disease and cancer, according to recent research. It also contains polyphenols, which are strong antioxidants that might help prevent other age-related diseases. Make this homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette salad dressing as a healthy alternative to store bought versions.