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The best foods to eat this holiday season and those to avoid

The naughty and nice list for food!

Rarely are there more delicious temptations than during the holiday season. Indulging once in a while is fine, but if you do it too often, your skin and body won’t thank you. Here’s our list of some tasty foods to hone in on during the holidays, and some to put on your stay-away radar.

Foods to favor

With winter comes a whole host of delicious root vegetables, dark leafy greens, beans and pulses that often accompany the traditional holiday meals. Enjoy spoonfuls of sweet potato mash or soup – full of vitamin A – known for helping fight against wrinkles and problem skin, and second helpings of roasted broccoli or sautéed spinach for a dose of antioxidants to help defend against free radicals to prevent premature aging of the skin.

When it comes to dessert, opt for a piece of fruit, like an orange or a clementine. Not only are they in season, they’re packed with antioxidants and vitamins to keep your face glowing. Lastly, when the chocolates are being handed round after dinner, focus on the dark chocolate options, as dark chocolate (in small quantities) also has excellent antioxidant properties.

Foods to avoid

While you're waiting for the meal to be served, try to resist the temptation to snack on the candy and crisps on the side table (but if you do crack and munch a bit, one or two small indulgences is fine - it's all about balance!). It's worth holding back, because then you'll be able to truly enjoy the meal itself, without having filled up on unhealthy snacks beforehand. Stay next to the carrots to be safe, and also avoid over-indulging in alcohol (easier said than done, we know) during the holidays, which can leave you feeling sluggish and can show up on your skin in the form of fine lines and pimples.

Wherever you have the option, opt for grilled, steamed and baked foods over fried. Luckily, the holiday season goes hand in hand with baking. Just make sure the oil used is one of the healthier ones, such as virgin olive oil.

Enjoy the holidays, and bon appétit!

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