“Fall Foods for Fabulous Skin”

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As autumn begins, the seasonal eating switch is upon us.  But lucky for us, fall foods are filled with options to keep our skin glowing and bodies healthy.

Mother Nature is one smart woman!  Cooler weather and new harvests indicate it is time to change the fuel for our bodies in order for them to run efficiently and effectively.

Say goodbye to cooling foods of summer and embrace fall’s nurturing, warming and oilier options for optimal health and beautiful skin.  And yes, oil is a good thing for your skin and health!

All Dried Up

Have you ever wondered why we crave comforting bowls of oatmeal, soup and saltier tastes come fall?  Dr. John Douillard who is a master of seasonal eating states that in order to counteract the drying effects of winter we draw on nature’s high protein and fat foods to replenish the depleting reserves of moisture.

Grains provide the carbohydrate energy to make it through a cold day and sea salt actually heats up the body.  Just be sure to opt for the gluten-free grains like brown rice, quinoa and millet to keep your skin glowing.

Go Nuts

Nuts and seeds have a ton of minerals, fat and protein which makes them a lovely autumn into winter snack.  Be aware that nuts can be difficult to digest, but can be soaked overnight to diminish that issue.

Brazil nuts are especially beautifying filled with selenium and vitamin E which are two powerful tools for tightening and firming your skin.  Just 3-4 Brazil nuts a day will be enough selenium to fight sagging skin!

An Apple a Day

Typically harvested in the fall, apples cool the summer’s heat and cleanse the unpleasant mucus build up in our bodies. Yes, let’s definitely get that moving out of our system.  Sour apples are great for fall noshing.  Begin baking apples when winter sets in as they will have even more of a healing effect.

Fall for Vegetables

Fill your plate with beets, carrots, winter squash, onions, artichoke hearts, kale and sweet potatoes.  Root vegetables, as the name indicates, are grown underground and provide healthy fiber and slow digesting carbohydrates – both perfect to keep energy elevated as the cold days slow us down.

They are also very grounding- so enjoy a lunch of root veggies to calm a crazy day.

Experiment with variety and color to make a satisfying fall feast.  Try one of my favorite root vegetable recipes from Dr. Andrew Weil:

Roasted Root Vegetables (recipe from website)

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds root vegetables (use potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, rutabagas, beets), peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and cut into 1/3-inch wedges
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea Salt to taste
  • 1 head garlic, separated into cloves and peeled
  • Chopped fresh herbs like rosemary, or balsamic vinegar (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place the root vegetables and onion in a roasting pan.2. Toss the vegetables with the olive oil and salt to taste. Do not crowd the vegetables.3. Roast the mixture for a total of 45-50 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. After 30 minutes, scatter the garlic cloves in with the vegetables. Continue stirring every 15 minutes until the vegetables are tender and evenly browned.

    4. Before serving, add a sprinkling of fresh chopped herbs or balsamic vinegar, if you like for additional flavor.

A super simple recipe that I have several times a week is sweet potato wedges.  This naturally sweet veggie is an amazing source of vitamin A, C and is fiber-rich…all of which add radiance to your complexion.

Just slice into wedges, toss with a little olive or coconut oil, sprinkle with sea salt and some herbs and bake at 375 degrees for 35-45 minutes.  Delicious!!

Vitamin A pairs perfectly with zinc-rich food to create a wrinkle fighting powerhouse.  Combine your tasty wedges with beans, nuts and gluten-free grains…and of course a healthy helping of greens!

What is Seasonal in Your State?

Eating seasonally ties into eating locally.  To learn what is in season in your state, use this handy website Eat Well Guide to find out.

Enjoy your fall feasting!

 

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