Want to make this Mother’s Day extra special for the Mom (or mom-like figure) in your life? Show Mom some love by whipping up healthy and delicious recipes that nourish her from the inside out. Forget the spa — with the right ingredients, you can create a spa-like experience at home with meals that contain nutrient-packed foods that promote healthy and youthful skin. Think antioxidant-rich fruits like blueberries, mineral-packed leafy greens like kale, and skin-glowing root veggies like sweet potatoes. Rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and phytonutrients, these ingredients help protect the skin from damage and slow the aging process. And don’t forget about healthy fats and omega-3s found in salmon, avocado, and nuts, which will help to keep her skin soft, supple, and youthful. Glowing skin aside, there are so many full-body health benefits that come with these delicious and nutritious foods.
And the best part? These beauty-boosting ingredients can be found at your local grocery store, making them a simple and affordable gift alternative to a day at the spa! Plus, you don’t have to sacrifice flavor for health — these recipes for glowing skin are delicious to eat! So, get creative in the kitchen and treat your mom to a special Mother’s Day meal that will make her feel loved, nourished, and beautiful!
Treat Mom to 10 Delicious & Nutritious Recipes For Glowing Skin
Glowing Skin Matcha Latte
Rich in EGCG, an antioxidant that helps to prevent cell degeneration and slow premature aging, make sure matcha is on the menu for Mom! According to research, matcha contains 10 times more nutrients and 137 times more antioxidants than traditional green tea (which is already thought to be a powerful superfood). Plus, it’s rich in chlorophyll, which is known to be cleansing, detoxifying, and rich in anti-inflammatory properties! Needless to say, this is a Mother’s Day must!
Here’s how to make it into a tasty Matcha elixir:
- 1 tsp high-quality matcha powder
- 1 tbsp hot water
- 1 cup dairy-free milk (such as oat, coconut, cashew, or almond)
- Raw honey, to taste
Step #1: In a small bowl, add the matcha powder. Then, add the hot water and whisk until no lumps remain.
Step #2: Next, steam your non-dairy milk of choice, then add to the matcha. Mix until well combined, adding any additional sweetener as desired.
The Ultimate Antioxidant Smoothie Bowl
Start Mom’s special day with a delicious smoothie bowl packed with skin-nourishing superfoods like berries, banana, nut butter, and almond milk. Bursting with antioxidants that protect the skin from free radical damage and promote collagen production, vitamins that reduce inflammation, and healthy fats that keep skin hydrated and supple, Mom will be glowing with every spoonful.
In a high-speed blender, add frozen mixed organic berries, unsweetened frozen acai, banana, almond butter, and almond milk. Blend until smooth, customizing ingredients as desired, adding a handful of spinach or swapping almond milk for oat milk. Top with Mom’s favorites, such as sliced almonds, fresh blueberries, and a sprinkle of hemp or chia seeds!
Berry and Nut Butter Sweet Potato Toast
While we’re huge fans of the classic avocado toast as a skin-nourishing Mom’s Day breakfast or brunch option, swapping sweet potato for bread is a delicious way to support healthy skin. Rich in beta-carotene and vitamin C, sweet potatoes are jam-packed with antioxidants and nutrients that help promote healthy skin cell turnover and protect the skin from free radical damage.
And if Mom has more of a sweet tooth than a savory tooth, swapping avocado for nutrient-packed toppings like berries and nut butter can do wonders for the skin. Together, these toppings are high in fiber, healthy fats, vitamin C, and anthocyanins, working synergistically to improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and support overall skin health.
New to sweet potato toast? The preparation process is simple! Simply slice a sweet potato into thin slices and toast them in a toaster or toaster oven until they are lightly browned and crispy. Once cooked to your liking, top the sweet potato toast with your favorite toppings, such as nut butter, sliced fruit, and a sprinkle of cinnamon!
Salmon & Avocado Sushi Waffles
If Mom loves sushi, she’ll LOVE this viral TikTok trend! Enter: Sushi Waffles. Made by simply adding cooked sushi rice to a hot waffle griddle and cooking until crispy brown, then topping with your favorite sushi toppings (such as sushi-grade salmon and avocado). Despite sounding indulgent, this trending recipe can be quite healthy and skin-nourishing when made mindfully!
For starters, to reduce the number of carbs and calories, you can make your waffle mixture by combining cooked sushi rice with cooked cauliflower rice. Then, you’ll want to prioritize antioxidant and omega-3-rich toppings, like salmon and avocado. These ingredients contain skin-healthy nutrients that help to support healthy aging, promote skin elasticity, and boost collagen production. Finally, you’ll want to avoid inflammatory toppings like high-sodium soy sauce or refined dressings! Instead, top it off with a handful of diced cucumber for skin hydration or a sprinkle of sesame seeds.
Grilled Salmon With Avocado Salsa
When in doubt, turn to grilled salmon. Not only is grilled salmon melt-in-your-mouth flaky and delicious, but it’s also rich in omega-3 fatty acids that promote glowing, radiant skin. Trust us — Mom will love it! No access to a grill? No worries! You can also bake it, saute it, or toss your salmon in the air-fryer.
While it’s cooking, toss together a hydrating avocado salsa. It’s packed with nutrient-dense ingredients like avocado, tomato, and cucumber, which are all rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that can help protect and nourish your skin.
Here’s how to make it:
- 1 ripe avocado, diced
- 1 large tomato, diced
- 1 small cucumber, diced
- ¼ cup red onion, diced
- ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
- Juice of 1 lime
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Step #1: In a medium bowl, mix together the diced avocado, tomato, cucumber, red onion, and cilantro. Then, squeeze the lime juice over the top and stir gently to combine.
Step #2: Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve with salmon!
Sweet Potato, Pomegranate, & Kale Salad
Thanks to ingredients like sweet potato, pomegranate, and kale, this nutrient-packed salad is full of vitamins and minerals that promote healthy skin — and it’s a great way to nourish Mom from the inside out. Plus, it’s simple to prepare, and easy to customize!
Roast sweet potato cubes to your liking, then mix with massaged kale and pomegranate seeds. You can customize with other superfoods like walnuts, cucumber, avocado, or any other mixings Mom loves! Top it off with a homemade lemon-tahini dressing made with a combo of tahini, lemon juice, and olive oil. Sweet, simple, and satisfying!
Quinoa and Veggie Stuffed Bell Peppers
Colorful bell peppers are packed with vitamin C, which helps promote collagen production for healthy skin. Plus they are low in sugar and calories, high in water, and full of flavor — perfect for Mom on her special day. Stuff them with protein-packed quinoa, antioxidant-rich roasted green veggies, and spices or herbs of your choosing. Then, bake until tender and serve with avocado or a drizzle of tahini!
Broiled Cinnamon Grapefruit & Yogurt
A sweet and comforting dessert or snack for glowing skin that Mom will love. High in vitamin C from the grapefruit, this low-sugar treat can help promote collagen production for healthy, glowing skin. Plus, it’s made with protein and probiotic-rich Greek yogurt, to support a healthy gut (which, in turn, supports healthy skin)!
To make this healthy and tasty treat, simply slice a grapefruit in half and drizzle with a dash of raw honey. Broil for 3-5 minutes until brown and bubbly, then remove from the stove and sprinkle with cinnamon. Serve with a dollop of unsweetened vanilla Greek yogurt mixed with optional sweetener or any other add-ins of your choosing!
5-Ingredient Chocolate Chia Pudding
Rich in fiber, antioxidants, and plant-based protein, chia pudding is a healthy and delicious skin-nourishing dessert. Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help to hydrate the skin and improve its texture. They are also rich in fiber, which can help to regulate digestion and promote clear skin. Plus, this easy-prep recipe is low in sugar, supports weight loss and gut health, and is jam-packed with nutrient-rich ingredients that serve as the ultimate skin food!
For a chocolatey Mom’s Day treat, try this 5-ingredient chia pudding recipe
- 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (such as almond, cashew, or coconut)
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- Maple syrup or honey, to taste
- ½ -1 tsp vanilla extract
- Optional toppings: sliced strawberries or raspberries, chopped almonds, shredded coconut
Step #1: In a bowl, whisk together the chia seeds, almond milk, cacao powder, sweetener, and vanilla extract. Let the mixture sit for about 10 minutes, then give it another good whisk to prevent clumping.
Step #2: Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight. When ready to serve, give the pudding another whisk and add your desired toppings.
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Despite being rich and creamy, this Chocolate Avocado Dessert Pudding is surprisingly healthy — and it’s made with just four simple ingredients that promote healthy skin: avocado, coconut milk, raw honey, and cacao. It’s rich in healthy fats from avocado and coconut milk, and full of antioxidants from cacao. Plus, this decadent dessert is buzzing with anti-inflammatory and enzyme-rich properties thanks to the raw honey!
Simply blend all the ingredients together, adding any additional add-ins such as vanilla extract or chocolate chips. Mom will be radiating while in chocolate heaven!
Treat Mom to Recipes for Glowing Skin
Imagine surprising Mom with a mouthwatering Mother’s Day menu filled with ingredients like antioxidant-rich blueberries, skin-loving sweet potatoes, and omega-rich avocado or salmon. Loaded with healthy nutrients that stimulate collagen production and slow the aging process down (not to mention, keep the skin moisturized and supple), these tasty and nutritious meals will help Mom look and feel her very best.
And while Mom will appreciate that these healthy and delicious meals make her look and feel beautiful, without a doubt, she will appreciate how much you care!