• Go for items that are naturally jammed with nutrients, like fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, fish, and other types of lean protein.
  • Change things up. Go for a variety of foods, so you get all the vitamins and minerals you need.
  • Think beyond the plate. Sleep, exercise  and sunscreen still count, no matter what you eat.
  • Take a good probiotic to heal your gut so that the foods that you eat are able to be properly absorbed

All of these things will help you look and feel younger

Ready to get specific about what to put on your grocery list? These seven foods are a great place to start.

1. Oats

Complex carbohydrates like oats are low-glycemic

Low-glycemic means that these  foods don’t spike your blood sugar like refined breads, rice, and pasta can. High-glycemic foods are known to cause acne and wrinkles

Oats also have a natural plant chemical that helps prevent damage to skin cells and soothes skin irritation.

Also try: other whole grains such as shredded wheat, barley, brown rice.
This is a great recipe that I have found.It contains lots of oats and nuts and is great to curb hunger pangs as a snack or is really delicious with your favourite yohurt as a dessert with your favourite berries or fruit puree.  Choose coconut yogurt for further health benefits. Children love it also
GRANOLA BARK

Yield

Makes about 16 servings

You will need a large baking sheet approx 33 x 46cms

Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 3 cups/300g rolled oats (not quick-cooking)
    • 1 1/4 cups/175g almonds, chopped (cashews pecans )
    • 1 1/4 cups/60g unsweetened shredded coconut
    • 1/2 cup/80g flax seeds or chia seeds, whole or ground
    • 1/4 cup/35g sesame seeds
    • 1/2 cup/60g almond flour or hazelnut flour
    • 1/2 cup/120ml maple syrup or honey, or 1/4 cup/60ml of each
    • 1/2 cup/75g coconut sugar
    • 1/4 cup/60ml water
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1/2 tsp sea salt 
    • 1/3 cup/80ml olive oil or vegetable oil
    • 1 large egg white, whisked until frothy

Preparation

    • Combine the cinnamon, oats, almonds, coconut, flax or chia seeds, sesame seeds, and almond flour or hazelnut flour in a large bowl.
    • Preheat the oven to 165°C. Line a 33 by 46cm rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone mat.
    • Combine the maple syrup or honey or a mix of both, coconut sugar, water, vanilla, and salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve  the sugar and salt. Remove from the heat and let cool to warm room temperature.
    • Add the olive oil and egg white to the cooled syrup mixture and whisk to incorporate. Pour over the oats mixture and mix well.
    • Spread the mixture evenly across the prepared baking sheet. Using another same-size baking sheet or the bottom of a pot, press the mixture down firmly to compact it before baking. Bake for 45 minutes or longer, until dark golden brown, rotating the sheet after about 15 minutes to promote even browning. While the granola bakes, open the oven door a couple of times to release steam.
    • Set the baking sheet on a cooling rack until the surface of the granola is crisp. Leave the oven on. If the surface is still tacky to the touch once it has cooled, return the pan to the oven and continue baking for another 10 to 15 minutes, checking every 5 minutes. Don’t let the bark get too dark, or it’ll taste bitter.
    • Once cool, break the bark into pieces and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks, or in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

2.  Oranges

These are loaded with water, so they hydrate your skin and your cells. One large orange is an excellent source of Vitamin C, which helps make collagen — and that, in turn, helps keep your skin supple.

In general, vegetables and fruits are great for your skin. Go for lots of colors so you get a variety of nutrients.

Also try: pink grapefruit, tomatoes, parsley.

3. Avocados

These are filled with a healthy type of fat, monounsaturated fat, which helps your skin stay hydrated. That same healthy fat can also help you absorb some vitamins and nutrients that your skin needs.

Try replacing high-fat salad dressings and mayo with avocado. “It gives you a lot of flavor and texture, and you don’t need much to feel satisfied

Also try: olive oil, walnuts, macadamia nut oil.

4. Lean Beef

“Lean beef, such as top sirloin, is a great way to get high-quality protein. Protein helps build collagen

Have a  serving of  just 100 to 150gms,  two to three times a week. Enjoy different kinds of lean protein such as fish, turkey or lean chicken tenderloins on other days.

When you cook beef, flip it often. “Cooking it over super-high heat until it’s crispy and charred creates chemicals that will undo all of the anti-aging properties of the beef

Also try: eggs, chicken, tofu, beans, fish.

5. Brussels Sprouts

These are a great source of the skin-friendly vitamins A and C, as well as folate.

Their vitamin C promotes collagen. And while you still need to use sun protection, vitamins and folate may help prevent sun damage.

If you remember Brussels sprouts with dread because you had them boiled when you were a child, take heart: You can roast them with a drizzle of olive oil and find them much tastier.

Also try: kale, collard greens, broccoli, cauliflower.

6. Salmon

This fish is one of the best ways to get healthy omega-3 fats in your diet. Some studies have suggested that omega-3s, especially from fish, may keep skin cancer cells from growing and spreading.

Aim for at least two 100gm servings of fish each week. Enjoy it grilled with a whole-grain side dish like brown rice or barley salad.Also try: flax and chia seeds, walnuts, mackerel, sardines, fortified milk, eggs.

7. Grapes

Resveratrol, which comes from the skin of grapes, c

ounters inflammation.  “Many people think it slows the aging process, plus it may fight the effects of UV light and sun damage. But you still need to use your sunscreen.”

Also try: boiled peanuts, cocoa powder.