‘Today Show’s’ Joy Bauer Says These 4 Foods Can Keep You Looking Young

Health and nutrition contributor Joy Bauer of the Today Show is a fan fave for her healthy meal solutions that deliver plenty of taste without excess calories. According to her website, Bauer swears by these four dietary staples to help maintain a youthful look.

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Sweet potatoes

Rich in beta-carotene which converts to vitamin A in your body, this nutrient in sweet potatoes aides in generating new, healthy skin cells. Bauer opts for the sweet spuds due to their versatility, where you can mash ’em, bake ’em, or even turn ’em into oven-baked french fries. The Today contributor offers a healthy recipe for those who always crave fries on the side.

  • Cut peeled potatoes into ¼-inch strips and spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with oil spray
  • Mist the fries with oil spray and season with salt, black pepper, or any other seasonings (ground cinnamon, curry powder, and chili powder are all fun options)
  • Bake in a 400° oven for 20 minutes, flipping the fries halfway through. Finish your fries under the broiler for 5 minutes to get them extra crispy
  • Eat and enjoy! YUM!

Pecans

Vitamin E is a nutrient that revitalizes skin health, where Bauer selects pecans as the source rich in this vitamin. The nutritionist states that “by forming a protective barrier in the cell membranes of your skin, the vitamin E in pecans helps to ward off harmful free radicals and therefore helps to keep skin firm and elastic.”

Bauer recommends toasting pecans on an ungreased baking sheet in a preheated 350 degree oven for 5 to 10 minutes for a healthy snack. For those who really want to get crazy, chop up the pecans and put them in oatmeal or yogurt!

Spinach

Maybe Popeye was on to something. Loaded with anti-wrinkle antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene, spinach packs a punch to unwanted facial lines. The green leafy veg also protects your skin from the sun’s UV rays, keeping it fresh and vibrant.

Bauer suggests using spinach in a marinara sauce, or sautéing it as a side.

Carrots

Yup, another orange selection! Just like its color clone the sweet potato, carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which serves in skin-cell renewal and acts as a potent antioxidant, helping to absorb damaging free radicals that speed up aging of skin.

Add these to the list

While Bauer encourages a diet rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, and beta-carotene, she also promotes the intake of selenium, an antioxidant mineral. Selenium protects skin from the sun and helps maintain its firmness and flexibility. Foods that contain selenium include Brazil nuts, tuna, whole-wheat pasta, lean beef, shrimp, whole-wheat bread, turkey, wheat germ, chicken breast, mushrooms, and eggs.

Many have heard the benefits of omega–3 fatty acids, and Bauer says they are a must-have on the healthy diet list. Omega-3s help maintain cell membranes so that can serve as barriers that allow water and nutrients in but block toxins out.  These fats reduce inflammation, which means less acne and other skin breakouts. Also an agent against sun damage, studies in skin cancer show that people who consume diets rich in fish oil and other omega-3s had a 29 percent lower risk of squamous cell skin cancer than those did not consume many foods with omega-3 fats. Food sources with omega-3 fatty acids include wild salmon, herring, mackerel (but not king), sardines, anchovies, flaxseed, walnuts, and soybeans.

See more with Joy Bauer weekday mornings on NBC’s Today Show!