Anti-Aging Vitamin A in Your Diet
Many of the skincare products on the shelves are infused with Vitamin A. But, as with most vitamins and minerals – the best way to get it is naturally, from your diet.
Today, our health experts share their tips for getting Vitamin A naturally from everyday foods:
Eat Your Broccoli
Broccoli is one of America’s favorite vegetables because it tastes good, is versatile and is available all year long. Some people think beta-carotene (vitamin A) is only found in orange and yellow vegetables, but broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin A. It’s also a rich source of vitamin C, and bone-building vitamin K, and has plenty of fiber to fill you up and help control your weight.
Although 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli is a serving, you can easily eat twice that daily! You can eat broccoli raw, lightly steamed, stir-fried, roasted, or grilled. Eat it as a side dish, or toss into grains, egg dishes, soups, and salads.
My favorite way of getting my vitamin A is through my green smoothie recipe, which combines the use of raw foods to create a beautifying beverage. The green smoothie contains that I drink practically everyday contains over 450% of raw vitamin A from spinach and kale. Don’t let this scare you, as this is smoothie is to live for!
- In a blender, combine 4 cups of either raw organic spinach or raw organic kale leaves (or a combination of both).
- Add about 2 1/2 cups of unsweetened almond milk, 1-2 cups of ice cubes, and your choice of fruit (strawberries, blueberries are best, as they are lower in sugar).
- Add stevia to sweeten (or your favorite sweetener).
- Blend for 1 minute, or until completely smooth.
I like to add 1 ounce of an avocado to make a smooth drink, which also adds vitamin E (great for hair and nails), as well as more vitamin A.
Thanks for these great tips! I’m going to give that smoothie recipe a try tomorrow.
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