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Suhoor for the Soul

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Taking care of your skin can sometimes be a cause of concern during Ramadan. This summer, heat and fasting may lead you to think that your beautiful skin could become dull as your body loses important vitamins and minerals. But you don’t have to worry—by making sure you have the right nutrients you can stay positively glowing from the inside out. Although the thought of sleep may be far more appealing than waking up to eat before sunrise, breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it will help sustain you for the following hours. Try some of our favorite breakfast ideas for suhoor to stay full and looking good this month.

Strawberry and Kiwi Smoothie
Blend this 5-minute smoothie and get a hefty dose of skin-smoothing vitamin C, which promotes collagen synthesis and prevents wrinkling.

Bagel with Cream Cheese and Salmon
One reason your skin starts to look dull as you grow older is because it produces less oils. Get your glow back by adding some omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3s, but it’s not always breakfast friendly, so try smoked salmon on your bagel to add a little savory flavor.

Green Tea, Blueberry, and Banana Smoothie
Green tea is already known as a wonder drink that prevents heart disease and helps amp up your metabolism, but now you can add “beauty booster” to its list of benefits. Studies have shown that drinking green tea prior to going out in the sun helps decrease damage from UV rays and its potent antioxidants also provide protection against skin cancer. Mixing in blueberries also increases the antioxidant power of this smoothie. In fact, a recent study found that the ellagic acid in blueberries might actually prevent skin damage.

Cutty's In BrooklineWhole Grain Cereal and a Banana
Though cereal and fruit may seem like a basic breakfast, the benefits of this meal are anything but ordinary. Whole grains are chock-full of antioxidants, which are the key ingredients to a youthful complexion.

Lemon Blueberry Scones
These scones are full of healthy ingredients, including whole grain pastry flour and dry oats for fiber (a healthy gut means glowing skin), flaxseed for omega-3s, yogurt, milk for calcium and vitamin D, and blueberries for fighting disease and anti-ageing antioxidants.

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