These Are the Anti-Aging Ingredients That Will Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but what if the medicine was sweet enough on its own? We found the best anti-aging noms to calm your cravings and keep your body feeling and looking young until someone finally locates that pesky fountain of youth. Take a look.

Pomegranate Seeds

These little guys are fierce fighters when it comes to fending off dangerous free radicals that are always on the lookout for collagen to tear apart. So keep your skin radically radical-free with these treats that incorporate these tart guys.

Recipe spotlight: We especially can’t wait to bite into these pomegranate orange scones for breakfast. Get the recipe.

Watermelon

Is there any food that screams summertime more than a slice of watermelon? Turns out this juicy fruit is full of lycopene, a chemical that acts as a natural protection against harsh UV rays that take a toll on your skin. The high water content of the melon also helps keep you hydrated in the summer heat.

Recipe spotlight: Enhance the cooling effect with an easy, 4-ingredient watermelon sorbet. Get the recipe.

Avocado

Everyone’s favorite green goblin, the avocado, is a known superfood for good reason: these smooth, creamy lil’ guys are jam-packed with omega-3’s, the good kind of fatty acids that calm inflammation and help your immune system stay in tip-top condition.

Recipe spotlight: Combine them with antioxidant powerhouse, dark chocolate, for a to-die-for guilt-free chocolate mousse. Get the recipe.

Sweet Potato

The best potato is a sweet potato, especially when that potato is sweet to your skin too. These spuds are chock-full of vitamin A, an essential warrior in the fight against fine lines and wrinkles.

Recipe spotlight: Say good morning to the world with these sweet potato pancakes and start your day feeling, well, sweet. Get the recipe.

Yogurt

We all know yogurt is good for your gut, but the calcium supply is also a handy helper when it comes to cell turnover.

Recipe spotlight: A cool lemon & blueberry frozen greek yogurt bite or two before bed is a great way to help cells replenish and rebuild while you sleep. Get the recipe.

Saffron

Let’s get a little more microscopic. Saffron contains some fun little carotenoid phytonutrients called crocin and crocetin which possess anti-tumor and antioxidant properties. They’ve even shown abilities to improve the effects of depression, PMS, and curb bad snacking habits, all of which can have nasty aging effects on your DNA.

Recipe spotlight: We can’t wait to cook up this saffron tres leches cake to get our carotenoid on. Get the recipe.

Manuka Honey

Manuka honey is a staple in Ayurvedic cooking, so it makes sense that this liquid gold is known to stimulate cytokine production,  helping your body fight of nasty infections.

Recipe spotlight: Combine three of our anti-aging foods in this powerhouse recipe for manuka honey and saffron yogurt pops. Get the recipe.

Ghee

Butter may not be so bad for you after all, at least if it’s the clarified butter common in Indian cooking, ghee. As long as it’s made from high-quality, organic butter, ghee supplies healthy fats that keep your skin feeling baby-soft, and also has a high smoke point that keeps it from creating toxins while cooking.

Recipe spotlight: Sautée some bananas in the better-than-mainstream-butter butter and sprinkle with cinnamon for a sweet treat to start off your morning or to enjoy as dessert. Get the recipe.

Red Wine

Just because we always need another reason to drink more red wine, say hello to your new friend resveratrol! Res is the antioxidant in vino tinto that has been known to influence biological aging mechanisms.

Recipe spotlight: We’ll never say no to a red wine-poached pear, but even just a plain old glass of the vino is fine in our book. Get the recipe.