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5 Healthy Thanksgiving Dishes Your Skin Will Be Thankful For
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Are you looking forward to gobbling all the delicious goodies on the Thanksgiving table? Us too! The best part is – so many key ingredients have immense health benefits. We put a list together of some of our favorite recipes – sure to both tantalize your taste buds and feed your skin.
Healthy Cranberry Sauce
There's no doubt that cranberries are a Thanksgiving staple, but did you know that they have fantastic benefits for your skin? They are an incredibly rich source of vitamin C, which produces collagen to keep your skin looking young and fresh. They also contain resveratrol, which is anti-inflammatory and serves as a natural acne treatment. Try the Wellness Mama's Healthy Cranberry Sauce recipe.
Roasted Carrots with Turmeric and Cumin
This dish is comprised of two beauty power duos – carrots and turmeric. Carrots contain high levels of beta-carotene and vitamin C to keep the skin glowing and firm. The Vitamin A found in carrots can also help with acne-prone skin as it regulates oil production. Secondly, we Turmeric! Often described as nature's best remedy for acne due to its antiseptic and anti-bacterial qualities. It contains many antioxidants that work to stimulate new cell growth, regulate oil production, improve skin's elasticity and reduce redness. And if that's not enough – just look at these mouth-watering Roasted Carrots with Turmeric and Cumin by Martha Rose Shulman.
Spiralized Beet Noodles with Arugula and Almond Pesto
Beets are a super beauty booster replete in vitamins A and C, folate, iron, potassium, fiber and manganese. The powerful antioxidants stimulate cell production – acting as a natural anti-aging treatment and helping to maintain that youthful glow. Betalains – powerful antioxidants that give beets their rich color – are anti-inflammatory and detoxifying. Check out this delicious-looking creative twist by Spice & Sprout for Spiralized Beet Noodles with Arugula and Almond Pesto.
Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Mushrooms with Thyme and Parsley
Of course any Thanksgiving table would be amiss without sweet potatoes! But, did you know that they also do wonders for your skin? The intensity of its yellow or orange hue is directly correlated to its level of beta-carotene, so be sure to look out for the richest in color. Beta-carotene produces vitamin A, which encourages healthy skin cell production and protects against the effects of anti-aging. It also stimulates fibroblasts – cells that keep skin looking younger and radiant. We recommend that you incorporate a small helping of fat, for instance extra virgin olive oil, into a sweet-potato recipe to maximize the beta-carotene. This recipe by Kalyn's Kitchen looks absolutely heavenly!
Mini Pumpkin Pies
Pumpkin – another wrinkle-prevention superfood – is packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is rich in Vitamin C, which helps promote collagen promotion – improving skin tone and elasticity. Protective carotenoids alpha-carotene and beta-carotene give pumpkins their vibrant orange color. Carotenoids are extremely potent in helping to reverse UV damage and improve skin texture. Pumpkins are also rich in potassium, copper, magnesium, iron and zinc. Zinc is great for combating acne, maintaining collagen and promoting skin renewal. Why not try these Mini Pumpkin Pies by Lemon Jar – a scrumptiously guilt-free melt-in-your-mouth dessert.
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