There’s pretty much an unlimited number of things I would still like to know about Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, but if I could pinpoint just one, for beauty’s sake, it’s how in the world she gets that insanely gorgeous glow. Seriously, it always seems as though she’s bursting with sunshine from the inside out. I’m not just talking about her cheeky smile and flirty eyes, though they definitely help — I’m more curious about how she keeps her skin so bright and dewy. As a self-proclaimed foodie, I’m going to wager my bet on her diet, which happens to be chock full of good-for-your-skin foods.
Want glowing skin like Her Royal Highness? Here are some of the dietary gems that give Markle that sparkle, and how you too can reap beauty benefits of eating them.
Watermelon and cinnamon
The perfect summer-to-fall snack, Markle told TODAY in a self-authored article that she loves eating watermelon with cinnamon. Firstly, watermelon is an excellent beauty booster since it’s made up of mostly water, and hydration is essential for vibrant skin, as well as essential vitamins and amino acids. Cinnamon, too, can provide anti-inflammatory benefits, reducing puffiness that comes from environmental stress and lack of sleep. Additionally, cinnamon contains micronutrients known as polyphenols, which help fight off free radicals and prevent skin damage.
Most of us have hopped on the juicing bandwagon, at least for a brief moment. When you load the juicer with good-for-you greens, not only is it good for your health, but it is also a natural beauty enhancer. Meg said that she leans toward juices specifically with greens. “I blend some apple, kale, spinach, lemon, and ginger in my Vitamix in the morning and bring it to work, I always find that sipping on that is a much better boost than a cup of espresso,” she wrote. Kale is a goodie, since it’s high in vitamin K, which is another anti-inflammatory (bye-bye under-eye bags!).
We all know turkey is an excellent, often leaner source of protein than ground beef. The Duchess is a big fan, writing that her childhood was the “Bubba Gump” of turkey. In fact, she added that Gwyneth Paltrow’s turkey meatball recipe is a “gem.” Since turkey contains nearly half of your selenium (a free radical fighter that assists in skin elasticity) requirements for the day, it’s an excellent food to add to your diet your a youthful-looking complexion.
God love the Duchess for appreciating a good glass of vino. “At the end of a long day, there is nothing I enjoy more than a glass of wine,” she wrote in the TODAY article. She’s a big fan of red wines, including pinot noirs and cabernet sauvignons, both of which contain high doses of resveratrol, an antioxidant found mostly in the skins of red grapes. It has a slew of health and beauty benefits including reducing your risk for cancer and heart disease and warding off free radicals that cause premature aging.