Skin Care

Hydrating foods that will have your skin glowing

It’s heating up in the desert and the air is getting super dry so naturally you should be hydrating your body. When you’re properly hydrated, your skin will look more radiant and youthful.  In addition to drinking plenty of fluids, try snacking on these hydrating foods that will have your skin glowing.

  1. Cucumbers (95% water) – Cucumbers are a satisfying crunchy snack with hardly any calories.  I like to peel my cucumbers and slice them into circles. I store them in a sealed container in my fridge with a small mixture of water, apple cider vinegar, a sprinkle of dill, and a pinch of sweetener.  Another great way to prepare cucumber is in “spa water”.  Cucumber infused water is a nice way to add a bit of flavor to plain water.  Just allow the cucumber to soak in the water for a couple hours in the fridge.
  2. Watermelon (92% water) – Looking for a sweet snack? Watermelon is a great go to. If cutting watermelon seems like a daunting task, you may want to consider picking up some precut from your local grocer.  Even though you’ll pay a premium for the precut stuff, you’ll be able to see the quality of the watermelon instead of having to guess. Pick the deeper red watermelon which is generally sweeter than the lighter colored watermelon. 
  3. Celery (95% water) – Celery has been recently famous for juicing because of its ability to aid in digestion, clear up the skin, and provide energy. If you don’t mind the taste of celery you should definitely try juicing it first thing in the morning. For a hydrating snack, I prefer celery sticks dipped in natural almond or peanut butter. The nut butter will help you stay fuller longer and the celery will give you the hydration and other nutritional benefits your body needs.
  4. Cottage Cheese (80% water) – I used to eat a lot of cottage cheese when I was meal prepping for my fitness shows, but lately I’ve gone away from dairy. This snack still makes my list for those of you who don’t avoid dairy. It’s packed with protein, and very low in calories, plus it’s versatile. You can eat it right out of the container for a snack, use it as a dip, or it can be incorporated in Italian and Mexican inspired cuisine. 
  5. Oranges (88% water) – This affordable, portable, and simple snack is a must on my list. Oranges are easily found year round, and they don’t require refrigeration which is helpful when finding summer snacks. I recently worked on a photo shoot where my client offered me a special citrus tea.  She grated the rind of an orange in water and boiled it for a few minutes. She added local honey to taste.  This infused water became my favorite homemade tea when it was still cool outside. 

I’d love to hear if you try any of these. Share and tag me on Facebook or Instagram with your favorite hydrating snack.