I just had the best sandwich ever. It wasn’t just tasty; it was good for my skin.
I’ll get into the benefits for skin in a jiffy. First, here are all of the ingredients you’ll need to make the sandwich:
•Whole grain bread – the heavier and more ‘grainy’ looking, the better
•Thinly sliced apples, lots of them – yep, apples
•Real mayo, full fat
Now while you eat, I’ll explain.
Whole grain bread means just that – the whole grain is in there. If it doesn’t look particularly ‘grainy’ to you, pass that loaf over for one that does. Because whole grains are high in B vitamins. And these are good friends with nice skin.
Apples – Not only will they make your sandwich SING, they are high in vitamin C – a skin saviour. Every skin problem you can think of will like that apple in your sandwich.
Gouda cheese and cheddar cheese – These are both high in zinc and B vitamins. Zinc is a clear skin powerhouse. And Gouda, interestingly, is the cheese that is most often STOLEN. So you know it’s good. An exciting little fact to add more zest to your sandwich.
Pickles – Made from cucumbers, they taste awesome on sandwiches. Cucumbers are anti inflammatory, and full of antioxidants. They also have vitamin K, which is used in skin care to reduce facial redness.
Spinach – Spinach is a super food. It should have a little red cape. It’s full of Coenzyme Q10 – a huge antioxidant that makes for younger skin. It also has those awesome B vitamins that I keep raving about. Wait – there’s more! Spinach has vitamin K AND omega 3 essential fatty acids! Yes! Skin LOVES omega 3.
Real mayo, full fat – So, two things here. First: life is short. You don’t know when your number is going to come up. You better love what you do or love who you are doing it for. And I LOVE putting full fat mayo on my sandwiches. I make no apologies about that. It makes my sandwich taste like it cost me $20. Second: mayo has vitamin E. Skin is as big a fan of vitamin E as I am of full fat mayo. It helps reduce scarring and it’s a major player in the antioxidant world. So, full fat mayo might be a bit of a bad boy but every bad boy has his redeeming qualities. And that’s why we love them.
What’s your favorite sandwich?
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