We’ve gathered together eight of our favorite veggies in celebration of National Vegetarian Week, so that you can cook them, eat them and feel their health and beauty benefits.
We all know that veggies are full of the good stuff, but Caroline Artiss explains which parts of your body really benefit from eating certain foods in her book, Beauty Foods. Caroline believes that we should feed our bodies with the nutrients it needs to glow, helping you to feel strong, healthy and beautiful from the inside out. So, whether you like to eat regular meat-free meals, are meat-free full-time or simply want to make vegetables the star of the show, this round up might inspire you to make the most of your veggies and appreciate what they can do for you as a result.
Artichokes – for good digestion and clear skin
Contains: copper, fibre, folate, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, vitamins C and K
Benefit: Artichokes contain a rich supply of antioxidants which keep the skin smooth and wrinkle-free, plus they help detoxify the liver and digestive system. The high levels of dietary fibre help keep bowel movements regular and help our bodies eliminate tonixs for clearer looking skin.
Avocados - for protecting and healing the skin
Contains: calcium, fibre, iron, oleic acid, protein, vitamins A, C, E and K
Benefit: Vitamin E is a fat-soluble vitamin, which helps protect the skin from harmful oxidative damage to the cells, and oleic acid is known for speeding up cell regeneration, healing wounds and reducing inflammation
Beetroot/beets - for youthful skin
Contains: fibre, folate, manganese, omega-6, potassium, vitamin C
Benefit: The high level of folate in beetroot/beets stimulate the production and repair of skin cells, which helps to prevent premature aging
Broccoli – for shiny hair and UV protection
Contains: beta-carotene, calcium, fibre, folate, glucoraphanin, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, vitamins A, B6, C, E, and K
Benefit: The calcium in broccoli strengthens hair follicles for shiny locks. Broccoli also contains a compound called glucoraphanin, which helps regenerate skin damaged by harmful UV rays.
Butternut Squash – for beautiful eyes
Contains: carotene, fibre, lutein, vitamins A, B6, C and E, zeaxanthin
Benefit: Antioxidants zeaxanthin and lutein are especially good for protecting your vision, preventing age-related macular degeneration and dry eyes
Cauliflower – for strong hair and hair growth
Contains: fibre, folate, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur, silicone, vitamins A, B6, C, E and K
Benefit: The presence of sulphur and silicone in cauliflower helps promote hair growth and healthy skin. As with cabbage, the sulphur helps keep hair strong with some elasticity – a lack of sulphur can lead to dry, brittle hair.
Dark Leafy Greens – for an all-round beauty boost
Contains: beta-carotene, calcium, fibre, phytonutrients
Benefit: Dark leafy veggies, like kale, Swiss card and spinach are excellent for all-round beauty as they contain so much goodness that feeds and nourishes every part of our bodies. From antioxidants to fight wrinkles, to iron to help our hair shine, beta-carotene to keep our eyes sparkling, fibre to aid our digestion for clearer skin, calcium for strong bones, the list goes on… eat plenty of leafy greens to keep yourself beautiful inside and out.
Mushrooms (especially shiitake) – for happy bones, joints and skin
Contains: calcium, phosphorus, protein, selenium, vitamins A, B2 (riboflavin), B7 (biotin), B12, D and E
Benefit: Mushrooms ontain anti-inflammatory enzymes, which ease skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema and acne. They also provide an excellent source of copper that keeps blood, bones, joints and skin healthy.
Try Caroline's Roasted Beetroot, Quinoa, Strawberry and Basil Salad recipe.
For more advice on foods and their beauty benefits, as well as 65 nutritous and delicious recipes, check out Beauty Foods by Caroline Artiss.