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Getting ready for prom is so exciting. You’ve probably spent a lot of time making sure you’ll look your best. But remember: the most important part of beauty starts from the inside. The bottom line for being the belle of the ball is to take care of your body and health. When you do, that inner beauty will shine through on the outside. Eating the right food goes a long way to ensure that your prom night is a fairy tale come true.
Energy Foods for Dancing the Night Away
Foods are not created equally, especially when it comes to the energy they provide. Foods like soda or candy actually zap your energy due to the effect they have on your blood sugar levels. The more sugar you eat, the more insulin your body releases and the less sugar you have in your blood stream. Sugar causes a yo-yo effect on your energy. Instead of a sugary snack, add some protein and fiber with the following foods:
- String cheese and whole grain crackers
- Low-fat yogurt and fresh fruit
- Low-fat peanut butter on a slice of whole-grain bread
- Kashi TLC energy bar
- Mini whole-wheat bagel with low-fat cream cheese
- Sliced yellow and red bell peppers or carrots and broccoli with hummus
Eat well and eat often. Four to five small meals a day will give you more energy than one or two large meals. To use your calories more efficiently, make sure you space them evenly through the day for more energy. Never skip meals; doing so usually results in over-eating later in the day, which drains your energy and makes you feel groggy.
Power Foods and Liquids For Beautiful Skin, Hair and Nails
Vitamins C, A, E, B complex and water are essential for healthy skin, hair and nails. Eating a balanced diet is the best way to ensure radiant skin, strong nails and shiny hair. Fruits and vegetables are loaded with Vitamins A and C, one reason why you should have five servings each day. When choosing your snack, try to include some of the following foods:
- Orange, grapefruit
- Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
- Bell pepper
- Leafy greens
Enriched grains and cereals are the best sources of B vitamins. In addition to whole grains, include foods like bananas, eggs, oatmeal and rice in your diet each day. Vitamin E is found in vegetable oils, nuts, seeds, olives, spinach and asparagus.
One of the best things you can do for healthy radiant skin is to drink plenty of water. A general rule of thumb is to drink a half-ounce of water for every pound of body weight. So a person who weighs 130 pounds should drink about 65 ounces of water every day.
Foods For A Healthy Smile
Calcium is a must for building and maintaining strong bones and healthy teeth. The average teenage girl needs 1000 milligrams of calcium each day. That means three to four servings of a dairy food each day. Some of the best sources for calcium include these:
- Eight ounces of low-fat yogurt—300 to 400 mg of calcium
- One cup low-fat milk—300 mg
- One ounce low-fat cheese like mozzarella, provolone, or The Laughing Cow cheeses—200-250 mg
- A cup of broccoli—70 mg
The energy and confidence gained from a healthy body is paramount for enjoying life, so take extra care of your body from the inside out.