Ever wondered how celebs manage to look like a million bucks, like, all the time? Well, for one thing, they have a whole glam squad working at it day and night – a privilege not everyone can afford.
Don’t fret though. Great skin doesn’t need to come at such a hefty cost. You might not be able to get Sonam’s stylist, but you can definitely get the skinny on what she puts in her stomach- Superfoods! Wondering what are superfoods?
Eat your heart out, because we’re about to give you the lowdown on the best superfoods that keep the stars lookin’ sexy.
Who: Sonam Kapoor
Bollywood’s favourite fashionista keeps that well-dressed bod in shape with the help of a whole lot of protein, namely quinoa – sprinkled through the day, in the form of midday snacks, salads and falafels.
Why: The super-grain comes packed with fiber, protein, magnesium, iron, potassium, vitamins B & E, and tons of antioxidants. With benefits spanning the spectrum from blood sugar control to anti-ageing and weight loss to metabolism, it’s no wonder everyone’s so ‘quin’ to help themselves to a portion of this power food.
Who: Rosie Huntington Whitley
What: Chlorella powder
In school, we learned chlorophyll was for photosynthesis…..but chlorella? That didn’t make the curriculum until Rosie started putting it in her smoothies. So, what’s the fuss about this mysterious algae a la mode?
Why: Chlorella puts all the other plants to shame with a biological makeup that includes the entire vitamin alphabet, concentrated sources of antioxidants, fiber, protein, phosphorus, zinc and much more. It fortifies our immune systems, banishes free radicals, aids digestion and protects us from cancer – and today it’s as simple as a little sprinkle over our smoothies to harness all its amazing benefits.
Who: Malaika Arora Khan
What: Acai berries
The Benjamin Button of all bombshells, Malaika is easily the best-looking 44-year-old in town, and there’s good reason why. The actress’ diet is full of age-defying superfoods – and the one that first caught our eye is versatile, wondrous Acai.
Why: The Amazonian berry brings benefits that are skin deep. Not only does it boost weight loss and digestion, it also improves your immune system and cellular health, working to prevent arthritis, inflammation and heart disease. As much an all-rounder as it is round, it works wonders on your skin and hair, while playing a part in overall wellness.
What: Almond butter
A wise man once said, ‘man cannot live on bread alone’, and to that guy, Rihanna recommended almond butter. The songstress is particularly partial to this breakfast side – and before you ask – yes, it’s definitely better than your regular butter.
Why: Almond butter isn’t just good for your figure – it’s good for the heart too. Calcium, magnesium and copper help keep you strong and sun-safe, while Vitamin E and healthy fats improve your cholesterol, cardiovascular functions and energy levels. If you’re not a fan of nuts, it’s also an easy, creamy way to incorporate them into your diet.
Who: Jacqueline Fernandez
Jacqueline isn’t so much about vodka as she’s about wheatgrass shots –and boy, does it show! The actress prescribes to a shot of wheatgrass daily, and when we scanned its nutritional benefits, we decided we could all do with a little (or a lot) more grass in our diet.
Why: A powerhouse of chlorophyll, essential minerals, Vitamins A, B-complex, E and K, and over a hundred elements that are useful to man, the king of all grain foods has benefits that will make you gape in awe. It detoxifies, purifies the liver, regulates blood sugar and digestion, cures acne, skin diseases and much, much more. Let’s drink to that!
Who: Alia Bhatt
Skip the idli and rasam for one of South India’s sweetest skin-savers. Kokum is another sure shot – both literally and figuratively. Just ask Alia, whose radiant skin is probably the result of the potent pink drink.
Why: Loaded with essential nutrients like Vitamin C, Citric Acid and Vitamin B, Kokum has powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. Amped with antioxidants that prevent ageing and cool the body, it can also be applied topically for healthy hair and skin. Combine the fleshy fruit with coconut milk or juice or make a delicious sherbet a la Alia.