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Chicken contains two nutrients, zinc and protein, that are crucial for healthy skin. Zinc helps maintain healthy skin, aids in healing wounds, and reduces inflammation, while protein keeps your skin fresh. “Skin is predominately protein, and if you are not consuming adequate amounts of it daily through diet, your skin can become slack and loose,” says Gans. “Also, your body uses amino acids [found in protein] to make collagen, which gives you fresh new skin cells.”

Best bet: Remove chicken skin to keep calories and saturated fat low.

Try this: Werner recommends combining chopped cooked chicken, cooked quinoa, and shredded Monterey Jack cheese; stuff into a poblano pepper and bake for 25 minutes at 375 degrees.

Other sources of protein and zinc: Beef, crab, pork

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