6 Super Tasty Recipes for Looking and Feeling Younger

Put down the concealer. The secret to a younger you is in your kitchen.

Still waiting to take a dip in that fountain of youth and emerge wrinkle-free? Yeah, us too. But in the meantime, achieving a fresh glow sans magic wand or surgeon's knife can actually be easy and delicious, especially when you whip the stuff up yourself.

Science can even back us up here: Folks who frequently cook at home consume fewer calories than those who rarely cook, according to a June 2015 study from Johns Hopkins University. You just need to figure out how certain nutrients can rejuvenate your body, says Elizabeth Peyton-Jones, ND (doctor of naturopathic medicine).

Her latest book, Cook Yourself Young: Improve Your Skin & Hair, Sleep Better, Look & Feel Younger With 100 Easy Recipes, is packed with fresh and inventive recipes designed to help eliminate bloating, bags under your eyes, and other unwelcome signs of aging. (Dry, dull hair, we're lookin' at you.) Once you give these dishes from Peyton-Jones' DIY healthy-aging manual a try, you're gonna want to see the other 94 delicious recipes. Trust us.

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1 Scrambled Egg Breakfast Muffins

Jumpstart your day with this healthy-aging breakfast winner: Eggs have three of the four amino acids that make up collagen, that protein we all know and love that is responsible for our skin's elasticity. Plus, aren't mini muffins just the cutest things to wake up to? Serve 'em up hot or cold and pack some extra for a midday snack. Warning: Get ready for some serious office food envy.


Grab the recipe here.

2 Barley Salad With Figs and Arugula

Quinoa and faro get all the attention, but barley's no health dud. Thanks to high levels of beta-glucan fiber, munching on this cholesterol-lowering ancient grain may help reduce risk of diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Throw in some fiber-rich figs and skin-smoothing avocado for one deliciously age-defying salad.


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3 'Cheesy' Kale Chips

You knew our fave supergreen would finagle its way into at least one of these healthy-aging recipes. Enjoy these chips on your next movie date night or in place of those tempting but calorie-laden croutons to reap the benefits of kale's high levels of vitamin A (among many other great nutrients), which skin needs to stay healthy. And don't get spooked by this recipe's call for "nutritional yeast flakes" — packed with vitamin B-12 that helps maintain healthy nerve cells, nutritional yeast flakes work great as a vegan-friendly cheese replacement (just make sure you buy the kind actually fortified with B-12).


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4 Zucchini Spaghetti With Tomato and Pine Nuts

With its anti-inflammatory properties, zucchini "zoodles" (cute, right?) are the health heroes of the alterna-pasta world, because less inflammation = clearer skin, less pain, and a sharper brain. Toss in some skin-protecting pine nuts courtesy of vitamin E and dig into this satisfying dinner for a youthful glow. That heaping plate of refined carbs, sauce, and cheese you used to crave? It's now a less-than-memorable meal of the past!


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5 Raw Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake

Use any leftover zucchini for this nourishing dessert that's perfect for anyone who is lactose intolerant or just looking to satisfy their sweet tooth in a healthier way. This cake swaps pimple-inducing refined sugars with stress-reducing, metabolism-regulating vanilla and energizing raw cocoa powder. Cut a slice and savor each beautifying bite.


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6 Butternut Squash Chips

Not a fan of kale in any or all of its quirky, crispy snack forms? You're in luck. These sweet and salty butternut squash chips are packed with squash's folic acid (aka vitamin B9), which our bodies need to keep hair and nails healthy. So start your snacking engines because we're guessing you're not averse to having thicker, shinier, stronger strands.


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