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10 Simple Recipes Packed with Skin-Tightening Foods

What are skin-tightening foods? These are foods that promote collagen production and are packed full of antioxidants!

While no food can reverse aging, a healthy diet, along with a good skincare routine can help you achieve radiant, glowing skin.

These recipes are inspired by “The 10 Best Foods That Tighten Skin“. Each recipe below contains one or more skin-tightening foods.

1. Acerola, Banana, and Strawberry Smoothie

This Acerola, Banana, and Strawberry Smoothie recipe from Heal with Food pairs sweet strawberries, creamy bananas, and Acerola powder.

It’s a delightful concoction that’s sure to please your skin!

Acerolo cherries, banana, and  strawberry smoothie

Acerola Cherries: A Skin-Tightening Food

These sweet cherries are packed with vitamin C! This vitamin in Acerola cherries supports the production of collagen, a protein that gives the skin strength and elasticity.

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Acerolo cherries, banana, and strawberry smoothie
Acerola, Banana, & Strawberry Smoothie
This refreshing drink that combines the natural sweetness of three delicious fruits. This smoothie is tasty and is packed with vitamin C, a precursor to collagen production.
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If you like smoothies, check out “The Best Anti-Aging Drink with Peanut Butter & Bananas“.

2. Broiled Salmon with Marmalade Dijon Glaze

This salmon recipe from Kiran Campbell Nutrition features easy-to-find ingredients, including orange marmalade, dijon mustard, and bottled spices.

broiled salmon with marmalade dijon glaze

Salmon: A food that tightens skin

Salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids. They help tighten the skin by decreasing inflammation and hydrating the skin.

In addition, the omega-3 in salmon promotes collagen production which decreases fine lines and wrinkles.

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broiled salmon with marmalade dijon glaze
Broiled Salmon with Marmalade Dijon Glaze
An easy-to-prepare, weeknight salmon recipe. Salmon is packed with Omega-3's that support healthy skin.
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3. Sweet Potato Nachos

This recipe for sweet potato nachos was created by Judy Barbe, a culinary registered dietitian at Live Best.

It’s a healthy twist on this fan favorite and makes for a delicious meal or appetizer. It contains sweet potatoes, a skin-tightening food.

Sweet potato nachos include sweet potatoes, a skin-tightening food

Sweet Potatoes: A Skin-Tightening Food

Sweet potatoes, a good source of both vitamin A and vitamin C, pack nutrients that support skin health.

Vitamin A is an antioxidant that protects the skin from damage. The vitamin C in sweet potatoes promotes collagen production that supports the skin’s structure and elasticity.

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Sweet potato nachos include sweet potatoes, a skin-tightening food
Sweet Potato Nachos
Sweet potatoes, black beans, avocado, & cheese are loaded with good-for-you stuff. Fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals are all served in one little dish!
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4. Honey Roasted Sesame Almonds

This recipe is also from Judy Barbe, a culinary registered dietitian at Live Best.

With just a few ingredients, these skin-nourishing nuts are easy to make for a quick nibble or when guests are coming.

Bowl of honey sesame almonds a skin-tightening food.

Almonds: A food that tightens skin

A serving of almonds contains the recommended daily intake of vitamin E.

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that protects the skin from damage caused by free radicals.

This protection helps decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

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Bowl of honey sesame almonds a skin-tightening food.
Honey Roasted Sesame Almonds
With just a few ingredients, these nuts are easy to make for a quick nibble or when guests are coming. 
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5. Dark Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

This delicious recipe from Kiran Campbell Nutrition is a good source of fiber, antioxidants, and omega-3 fatty acids.

The combination of chocolate chips and walnuts is simply irresistible!

These cookies are quick and easy too. You can have a fresh batch of these cookies in just 30 minutes!

Chocolate chip walnut cookies on a plate.

Dark Chocolate: A Skin-Tightening Food

The antioxidants in dark chocolate neutralize free radicals that damage the skin and contribute to premature aging.

Choose dark chocolate with a high cocoa content (70% or more) to reap its health benefits.

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Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies on a Plate
Dark Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies
This recipe for chocolate chip walnut cookies is made with oat flour, flaxseeds, walnuts, and dark chocolate chips, making them a good source of fiber, antioxidants, and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
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6. Anti-Inflammatory Avocado Smoothie

Registered Dietitian Su-Nui Escobar at Menopause Better created this recipe for an avocado smoothie.

This avocado smoothie is rich in healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help reduce inflammation.

A glass filled with a green smoothie leaning up against an avocado

Avocados: A food that tightens skin

The antioxidants in avocados promote the body’s production of collagen.

Collagen makes our skin’s structure and firmness possible.

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A glass filled with a green smoothie leaning up against an avocado
Anti-Inflammatory Avocado Smoothie
This avocado smoothie is rich in healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help reduce inflammation. The best part is that it tastes great!
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7. Cherry Berry Smoothie

This cherry berry smoothie from Nutrition By Mandy is packed with anti-inflammatory ingredients that support skin health.

Cherry Berry Smoothie

Berries: A Skin-Tightening Food

Berries contain significantly more antioxidants than other fruits. These antioxidants help reduce wrinkling of the skin.

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Cherry Berry Smoothie
Cherry Berry Smoothie
This smoothie is packed with antioxidants that fight inflammation.
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8. Chicken Bone Broth

Registered Dietitian Moushumi Mukherjee MS, RDN, created this chicken bone broth recipe.

Chicken bone broth is a nutritious and flavorful liquid made by simmering chicken bones with herbs and vegetables.

Chicken Bone Broth

Bone Broth: A food that tightens skin

Bone broth may help tighten skin due to its collagen content.

Regular bone broth intake may promote the body’s collagen production, which makes skin firmer and more youthful.

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Chicken Bone Broth being poured into a container.
Chicken Bone Broth
This chicken bone broth is savory and nutrient dense. It is made by simmering chicken bones, vegetables, and herbs in water. This extracts valuable minerals, collagen, and amino acids that offer numerous health benefits.
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9. Citrus Arugula Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

The Healthy Epicurean loads this salad with citrus segments, creamy avocado, toasted walnuts, juicy pomegranate arils, and tangy goat cheese.

Then, pomegranate dressing is drizzled over it, providing the perfect pop of fresh flavors!

Pomegranates: A Skin-Tightening Food

Pomegranates contain a high water content which hydrates the skin. Their antioxidants help neutralize free radicals and support collagen production.

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Citrus arugula salad topped with pomegranate dressing, a skin-tightening food.
Citrus Arugula Salad with Pomegranate Dressing
Arugula and spinach with fresh citrus segments, creamy avocado, pomegranate arils, toasted walnuts, and tangy goat cheese with a pomegranate dressing. It's the ultimate winter salad!
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10. Baked Oysters

This recipe for baked oysters is from Kitchen Swagger.

Pancetta, butter, shallot, garlic, panko crumbs, parmesan cheese, and baby spinach come together to make these delicious baked oysters.

A plate of baked oysters; a skin-tightening food.
Baked Oysters

Oysters: A food that tightens skin

Oysters are high in copper, an essential mineral for skin health.

Copper plays a role in the formation of collagen and elastin, which contribute to smooth and firm skin.

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A plate of baked oysters; a skin-tightening food.
Baked Oysters
This spin on Oysters Rockefeller is made with pancetta, butter, shallot, garlic, panko crumbs, parmesan cheese, and baby spinach. These flavors all come together to deliver a warm and savory baked oyster.
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