The holidays are filled with eating, eating and more eating, and is when unhealthy food temptations challenge us like no other time of the year. What if there were delicious, easy-to-make, healthy Thanksgiving recipes that could also improve your skin and keep your waistline in check? That sounds pretty unbelievable, right?
Good news! I’ve rounded up some of the best, most scrumptious, creative, nontraditional Thanksgiving recipes to do just that. Eat these vitamin-rich dishes and still be able to fit into your skinny jeans while keeping your skin sparkling for holiday parties and maintaining the energy to get back to work after it’s all said and done!
The Pretty Pumpkin
Orange is the new black this holiday season!
The bright orange color of this squash indicates that it’s loaded with beta carotene, a powerful antioxidant. This gets converted to vitamin A which helps neutralize nasty free radicals that prevent wrinkles, keeps our skin youthful and moisturized. This is perfect if you are experiencing some dry skin blues as the weather continues to cool.
Pumpkin is also packed with vitamin C, another skin-saving antioxidant that protects collagen and keeps our immune system in tip top shape.
Replace your typically waist-expanding, regular mashed potatoes with this Garlic Pumpkin Mashed “Potatoes” Spinach recipe that is surprisingly tasty. Eating this dish will ward off a cold and give you radiant skin all in one!
The Stunning Sweet Potato
In one sweet potato you will find more than 200% of the recommended daily value of vitamin A. By now you know vitamin A is important for having amazing skin, because it promotes the growth of new skin cells and increases the rate at which this happens – and that leaves you with a glowing complexion.
From a sweet potato, you’ll also get three grams of fiber which keeps your digestive tract happy, healthy and functioning properly during the season of eating. A healthy digestive track can help keep your skin blemish-free.
This Pecan Crusted Sweet Potato Fries recipe takes healthy to a whole other level of deliciousness!
Crushing on Kale
This leafy green veggie is the top of the crop when it comes to beauty foods!
Kale is full of antioxidants that fight skin-damaging free radicals. It is a major source of vitamin A which is used in many topical prescriptions to boost skin beauty. Vitamin A is amazing because it changes the structure of the skin and actually increases collagen. This keeps your skin strong, firm and wrinkle-free!
I recommend eating kale every day to maintain a youthful and glowing complexion, especially during the holidays when you may indulge in a few holiday cocktails and various sweets.
This Kale Salad with Cranberries and Toasted Walnuts is amazing. The walnuts boost your intake of omega-3 fatty acids which fight inflammation and help skin hold moisture. If you’re skin is desperate for additional moisture, check out GBT Expert Rebecca Casciano’s article on the best natural moisturizers to complement your good eats!
A Carrot Attraction
Carrots are not only good for your eyes but they encourage lovely smooth skin.
Our skin is up against a lot of environmental factors like sun radiation and toxins, which combined with stress, leads to a weakened defense against damaging free radicals that attack the integrity of our skin. Carotenoids, found in carrots, are your protection from these everyday pollutants and will prevent wrinkles.
Dessert doesn’t have to damage your skin either! Here’s a sugar-free and gluten-free dessert to try: no-bake Carrot Cake Bites. Offering these fabulously guilt-free, sweet treats will make you a very popular party host or guest.
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Here’s to a happy and healthy holiday season of beautiful eating!
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