The skin is one among the largest organs of the body. Its prime purpose is defense, as it covers the body’s organs and safeguards them from both macroscopic and microscopic debris. With such functions, the skin is prone to various conditions like pimples, acne, or infection. In addition, stress can also affect the skin’s smoothness and radiance. In line with the promotion and maintenance of a healthy skin, the following are some meal recipes one can prepare.
Salmon with Anchovy Garlic Butter
Salmon and sardines are some of the food choices for a glowing skin. According to Mind Body Green, they are rich sources for dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), which defends the skin by strengthening the cell membranes and preventing skin damage that leads to premature aging. Also, DMAE also boosts the acetylcholine levels; thus, it helps contract and tighten the muscles under the skin. As a result, a person’s face would look firm and toned. Moreover, DMAE also reduces arachidonic acid production, which decreases skin sagging.
According to New York Times Cooking, the ingredients include four sic to eight skin-on salmon fillets, three tablespoons of unsalted butter (softened), four anchovy fillets (minced), one fat garlic clove (minced), half teaspoon of coarse kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, two tablespoons drained capers, half lemon, and fresh chopped parsley.
To prepare, the oven is heated to 400 degrees. Then, the anchovies, garlic, butter, salt, and pepper are mashed in a small bowl. Next, butter is melted in a large ovenproof skillet and the fish is added, with skin side down. The fish is cooked for three minutes over high heat until the skin becomes brown. Pan drippings are spooned over the top of the fish as it cooks. Capers are added to the bottom of the pan and are transferred to the oven. The fish is roasted for eight to ten until it becomes cooked through. After that, the pan is removed from the oven and the remaining anchovy butter is added to the pan. Then, the salmon is placed on plates and buttered pan sauce is spooned over the top. Finally, the lemon is squeezed over the salmon and chopped parsley is sprinkled to garnish.
Stir-Fried Egg and Tomato
Eggs and tomatoes are also skin-friendly food selections. According to Mind Body Green, eggs have choline and lutein, which help promote the fatty part of the cell membrane of the skin. Choline is also responsible for the regulation of vitamin B levels, which yield proteins that are essential to having a firm and smooth skin. On the other hand, lutein in eggs serves as an antioxidant that boosts the skin’s elasticity and prevents skin damage. Meanwhile, tomatoes contain the phytochemical called lycopene, which reduces the hormones responsible for acne. Natruopathic doctor Alan Logan told Best Health Magazine that while the amount of lycopene one should consume was not an issue, he said that including tomato-based foods in the diet should be done thrice to five times a week.
For stir-fried egg and tomato, the ingredients include six large eggs, four medium tomatoes (one pound), two scallions (finely chopped), two tablespoons of vegetable oil, and a teaspoon of sugar. As per Epicurious, the eggs are beaten with half tablespoon salt until smooth. Then, a tablespoon of oil is heated in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium to high heat until hot. The eggs are added and cooked until a think film of cooked egg forms on the skillet’s bottom. After that, the eggs are immediately scraped into a bowl.
Next, the remaining tablespoon of oil is heated in skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Then, the scallions are added and stir-fried for 30 seconds until softened. Then, the tomatoes are added and cooked for four to six minutes until they release their juice and become slightly wilted. After that, sugar and one-fourth teaspoon of salt are sprinkled over the tomatoes and are stirred to combine. Then, the eggs are returned to the skillet and cooked until they become cooked through. Finally, they are sprinkled with scallion greens.
Overall, the skin is an important body part, as it protects the body from microorganisms and other harmful elements; thus, it should be treated with care. Along with the aforementioned meal recipes, a smooth and glowing skin can be achieved with stress relief and adequate rest.