Healthy Foods That Make You More Beautiful

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Holidays are the time of the year where we’re actually encouraged to indulge.  It is okay to wear sweatpants at the dinner table and get that second or perhaps even third helping.  With that being said, some meals more than just calories, Thanksgiving, for example, does feature foods that can do wondrous for our hair and skin since these foods are vitamin-packed.

So, ladies, get ready to fill your plates with foods and reap the beauty benefits of your Thanksgiving dinner.

Sweet Potatoes

These orange beauties are filled with vitamin A, beta-carotene, potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C (along with a slew of other great-for-you minerals).  The trifecta of vitamin A, beta-carotene, and vitamin C can really make your skin glow, vitamin C, especially, boosts your body’s collagen production, that it can even contribute to fewer wrinkles.  This is one thing we love hearing right ladies?

Sweet potatoes are rich in pantothenic acid which is known to moisturize when topically applied to the skin and increases skin integrity.  A sweet potato skin mask may also be moisturizing and help to rid skin of excess facial oils. An easy sweet potato face mask can be made with boiled sweet potato, honey, ginger powder, and milk.

Pumpkin

Rich in vitamin B3, this squash can minimize dark spots and increase production of both fatty acids and ceramides, which keep skin hydrated. To truly reap the skin-boosting benefits, try to eat a dish or dessert containing real pumpkin, not just the canned stuff.

Now, fast-forward to your dessert contribution to the table.  Great news! Pumpkin does wonders for your skin.  It’s packed with fruit enzymes and alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), which increase cell turnover, to brighten and smooth the skin.  Antioxidants help soften and soothe the skin and boost collagen production to prevent the signs of aging.  So bring on the pumpkin pie!

Try this sinfully vegan pumpkin pie sweetened with maple syrup or agave instead of sugar,

Cranberries

Homemade cranberry sauce (not canned!) is rich in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C.  The acid in cranberries acts as an exfoliant and vitamins like A and C help boost collagen production. Cranberries also fight free radicals that may cause wrinkles and also keeps your skin moisturized.

For centuries, cranberries have been valued for the medicinal, antioxidant properties and anti-aging benefits. It enhances cell power, defends your skin against environmental damage due to high concentrations of antioxidants such as vitamin C, B, and B-5.

Because of its amazing capabilities to protect the skin, cranberry is also among winter treatments to protect your skin against harsh winter conditions

Almonds and Olive Oil

Almonds and olive oil are dense in vitamin E, a fat-soluble vitamin that is essential for the maintenance of healthy, beautiful skin.  The main role of vitamin E is to act as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, essential for a clearer, more even complexion.

Green Beans

Perhaps not everyone’s favorite dish of the day as a child, we can certainly admit as adults that green beans are one of the best beauty boosters in your Thanksgiving meal. They are an excellent source of fiber, which is a handy pairing in a heavy meal.  A bit of fiber is important for digestive health and this alone can keep skin clearer and healthier, but it also plays a role in helping you to remove water-soluble toxins from the body. This is critical for keeping skin radiant and glowing.

Green beans are also rich in carotenoids like lutein, zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, and lycopene, all of which act as antioxidants to protect our skin from the aging effects of oxidative stress.

I think I can fall in love with green beans just for all these wonderful beauty benefits.  Now if we could only do something about the taste instead of having to put it in a casserole hmm.

Spinach

Spinach is a powerful player.  It can be added to salads and stuffing.  It’s loaded with vitamins A, B, C, E, and K as well as antioxidants for clearer skin, anti-aging benefits, and sun protection.  I am sure if there was a vitamin Z, it would be found in spinach since it seems everything healthy is found in this delicious green goodness.

Pecans

Filled with healthy monounsaturated fat, pecans contain numerous antioxidants including ellagic acid, vitamin A and vitamin E which fight and eliminate the free radicals responsible for causing premature skin aging. Meaning pecans can prevent the occurrence of fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation.  They are also packed with zinc that keeps our hair healthy and shiny.

Pecans are one of the richest sources of antioxidants around.  So, ladies put them in a pie, keep a bowl around as a snack before the big meal.

Pamper Yourself with a Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub

Ladies, after all of your guests, are gone, your leftovers are put away, and your kitchen is clean, you deserve to pamper yourself.  Here is a little DIY recipe for a Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub:

Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup organic canned pumpkin (or homemade pumpkin puree)
  • Mix sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon together. Mix with pumpkin. Put on the skin scrub in a circular motion, and rinse. All smooth and clean

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