If you haven’t noticed already, we LOVE eating seasonally….especially when the season is FALL! I know, this past June we gushed about summer produce but we take it back autumn inspired dishes are our favorite.
We also love the harvests of fall because
- Fall produce is delicious.
- Fall produce is warming and contains nutrients that keep you healthy during the cold, shorter days of September, October and November.
- Many of your favorite fall vegetables and fruits are incredible when it comes to keeping your skin looking young, acne-free and fresh!
KALE, BRUSSEL SPROUTS and APPLES are high in vitamin C which is key in the production of collagen which is that key ingredient in many of your expensive beauty products. Collagen is a protein that aids in the growth of blood vessels and cells and helps skin stay firm. Also, load up your accident prone kiddo with lots of vitamin C as this nutrient is great at helping skin repair itself and can (overtime) dull even the gnarliest scars.
PUMPKIN is the king of fall and the king of skin care. Pumpkin puree contains crazy high levels of vitamin A, which softens and brightens skin. Pumpkin is not only for eating this fall, Pumpkin is a fantastic base for a DIY facemask! If you have dry skin mix 2 Tbs with 1 tsp of honey, apply in a circular motion and let dry for about 20 minutes and your skin will feel hydrated and soft. If you have acne-prone skin substitute honey with apple cider vinegar and follow the same instructions.
PUMPKIN SEEDS are high in Zinc which protects your cell membranes and promotes the creation of new skin. Zinc also helps the body regulate oil that can lead to blemishes. Pumpkin seeds are the perfect purse snack as a very small handful will leave you feeling full and satisfied.
BEETS are not only your favorite dirt candy, they also brighten up your skin because they increase oxygen carrying ability in the blood. Next time you make a salad, load it up with freshly roasted beets; your tongue and skin will thank you.
CRANBERRIES AND POMEGRANATE are both loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients, which can reduce puffiness, acne and even fine lines. The easiest way to get these benefits is by making a post dinner, pre-bed time cocktail of unsweetened REAL cranberry juice (this means the only ingredient should be cranberries…no sugar, no artificial sugar…just cranberries). Take a small 8 oz water cup and fill it about ¼ of the way with Cranberry or Pomegranate juice and fill the rest with water. Drink this every night (pre-tooth brushing of course) and we swear, you’ll start seeing that Autumnal glow!