5 Foods That Beautify (and Taste Delicious)

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Avocado

Hungry Girl Beauty Foods: Avocado
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If you're like me, you're on a constant quest to find delicious foods that satisfy. It’s just a bonus when the food that’s healthy for our insides adds a glow to our outsides! From avocado to almonds, here are some top beauty foods.

This green fan favorite is great for your skin, whether you eat it or slather it on your face. Avocados deliver a combo of monounsaturated fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin E, and antioxidants. That's basically the power cocktail of skin nourishment. They're also packed with potassium, which is a puffy-eye killer: It reduces the bloating effects of salt by pushing excess sodium out of the body.

Since there's arguably no better way to enjoy avocado than in some tasty guacamole, why not try a 2-ingredient guac dip

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Fruit

Hungry Girl Beauty Foods: Fruit
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Even though avocado is a fruit, I didn’t include it here because the mighty avocado deserves its own section. When it comes to other fruit, sign yourself up for some strawberries. The red berries are delicious and their vitamin C and a nutrient called “astringent malic acid” can help lighten your teeth by getting rid of stains and plaque.

Surprisingly, sticky and sweet raisins are also good for your teeth because they contain certain chemicals that slow the growth of oral bacteria. Mangoes are magnificent because they have beta-carotene, which is great for clearing up your skin and bringing out its natural glow. And bananas? They're great because they come with their own carrying case (you have to love the convenience) and their natural potassium is great for hair health. Getting too little potassium can actually cause you to lose hair.

All of the fruits here work their magic if you eat them (or drink them up in low-calorie smoothies), and all but the strawberries can also be used on your face and hair. Who's up for a smoothie facial?

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Yogurt

Hungry Girl Beauty Foods: Yogurt
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Eat it for breakfast, pack it as a snack, and save a carton or two for a DIY face mask. Yogurt contains lactic acid, which is sensational for your skin because it gently exfoliates and even has anti-aging properties. It’s actually an ingredient in a lot of age-fighting beauty products, but it’s a whole lot less expensive to smear yogurt onto your freshly washed face, let it sit for 10 minutes, and wash it off. Plus, eating yogurt is great for bone structure because it contains calcium, which we all know helps keep our bones strong. If you're not a fan of the plain stuff, add a little flavor your way.

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Almonds

Hungry Girl Beauty Foods: Almonds
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The problem: brittle, breakable fingernails. The prescription: almonds (preferably in a handy 100-calorie snack pack). Doctors say that the biotin and vitamin E found in almonds are the reasons they’re great for your nails. The biotin promotes cell growth, while vitamin E is known for its moisturizing and strengthening qualities.

Just don't go too nuts with almonds. Each ounce (about 24 almonds) has 165 calories and 14.5g fat. Try sprinkling half an ounce on some Greek yogurt mixed with fresh fruit. That's three beauty foods for the price of one! 

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Salmon

Hungry Girl Beauty Foods: Salmon
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Smoked salmon can make you look greatThe fatty fish helps give your hair and skin a healthy glow. It contains a magical mixture of protein, vitamin B-12, and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Put those nutrients together and you've got a recipe for beautiful skin and hair. 

Like almonds, salmon is fairly fat and calorie dense so keep an eye on your portions. A 4-oz. cooked filet has about 230 calories and 12g fat.

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