With winter snatching away all the moisture from your skin, getting that bridal glow will take a little more work. And often it's not what you put on your skin but what you eat that matters. Well, winters are definitely the season to eat a whole lot of healthy foods - from green leafy vegetables to nutritious laddoos - there are a lot of options to get that bridal glow in no time. Here are the top 10 winter foods you should have to get that luminous skin just in time for your big day!
Green Leafy Vegetables:
Dal palak, Sarson da saag or Methi ka paratha - winters are full of dishes made with green leafy vegetables. And they are quintessential when it comes to getting glowing skin. Greens are rich in Vitamin E, folate, beta-carotene, chlorophyll and lutein, all of these goody-goody ingredients will surely give you the wedding glow that you're striving for.
Til ka Ladoo
Sesame or til is one of the healthiest fats to consume. They will keep your skin moist and warm from the inside. It's anti-inflammatory properties also help in healing the skin. It contains the highest amount of oils as compared to any other seed, which means more hydrating effect with an equal amount of serving. Next time your mother puts a til ka laddoo on your plate, savor it like never before.
A guava a day keeps fine lines away! This saying should be made as popular as the apple one, here's why. Guavas are one of the richest sources of Vitamin C, with just 1 medium-sized fruit providing 140% DV of daily Vitamin C. It's also rich in Vitamin A, lycopene and carotene. All the nutrients that our skin craves for radiance. Have guava as your daily fruit and you'll see the result in just 2 weeks.
Jaggery or Gur is normally consumed in winters and is a much healthier substitute to white sugar. Having Gur regularly will help curb your sugar cravings as well. Jaggery is a natural blood purifier that boosts glow from within. Jaggery, when consumed daily in limited quantities, can also help with weight loss.
Kesar Haldi ka Doodh is now famous as a superfood all over the world. What our dadis used to pester us to have is now termed as 'golden milk' in the west. Saffron contains some powerful antioxidants that aren't found in other foods when mixed with turmeric, it can help by fighting oxidative stress in the body and give you a natural glow from the inside.
Gond Ka Ladoo/ Methi Ladoo/ Aloe Vera Lado:
These are traditional laddoos made during the winter season. Gond has been used for ages by Indians due to its nutritious profile. It is rich in calcium, protein and has excellent anti-aging and skin-tightening properties.
Methi or aloe vera laddoos are a little bitter in taste (kind of like karela ki sabzi) but they are quite beneficial for your skin as well as hair. You have heard about the varied benefits of both fenugreek and aloe vera when applied topically, so devour them this winter season and get the same results from the inside.
Makki di roti, bajre ki khichdi or choorma - have these grains in any form and you'll see results on your skin and overall health in no time. Daliya or khichdi is probably the healthiest option and would fit into your diet plan too. Being rich in zinc, these grains helps in repairing skin and keeps acne at bay.
There is nothing better than having something hot on a cold winter morning. Nope, we aren't talking about coffee. Ditch your caffeinated drinks and have alkalizing lemon water instead. It is detoxifying, flushes out toxins from your body and aids in nutrient absorption. All of this means more of that bridal glow for you.
Dates or khajoor are traditionally eaten in winters after boiling in milk. However, you can eat 4-5 dates as a midday snack. Vitamins in dates work to promote skin's elasticity and makes it smooth. It also prevents the accumulation of melanin in the body - so it helps with skin pigmentation and darkening as well. Don't overeat though as they can lead to weight gain.
Berries are always on the top-10 lists for any beauty hack - so here they are again. Strawberries are 92% water, which means they boost skin hydration from inside. You can also apply the pulp directly on your skin to reap its skin glowing benefits.
Girls, the countdown is on. Give up on all your fizzy drinks, sugary treats and fried stuff, it's time to focus on the right foods. These foods are the perfect recommendations to give you the skin that you have dreamt of. So, relish them while hustling through your daily wedding planning.