Skin Deep

Great-tasting antioxidant treats

 

drb@drbaumann.com

Sunscreen may be the best way to protect your skin and preserve its youth, but antioxidants run a close second. I recommend that everyone incorporate an antioxidant serum into their daily skincare routine, but you can get benefits for your entire body by eating a variety of free-radical-fighting foods each day. Brightly colored fruits and vegetables are a great place to start, but you can also get your daily dose with these sweet treats. Just remember: Moderation is key.

Xocai Omega Squares : Dark chocolate is naturally rich in antioxidants, but you need to look for low sugar levels so as not to offset the benefits with excess calories. I like Xocai Omega Squares because they’re portion-controlled and fortified with omega-3 fatty acids derived from flaxseed plus a dash of acai. And they’re sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Blueberry Crunchies : Though you’d think dried fruit would be a healthy snack, most are so loaded with sugar you might as well have a candy bar. The folks over at Crunchies have figured out a way to freeze-dry their fruit without losing the nutrients and without all the extra sugar. Blueberries are bursting with good-for-you antioxidants, and you can pop these organic berries in your mouth by the handful, or toss them into your yogurt without consuming unnecessary calories.

Ginny Bakes : I’ll never give up cookies, but these days I stick to smart options like Ginny Bakes. My favorite is the Chocolate Chip Love, an organic, gluten-free cookie with chunks of dark chocolate. Look for them at a Whole Foods, Fresh Market and other specialty stores, and don’t forget the organic milk!

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