My favorite time of year is here, autumn. All of the holidays are right around the corner, cozy blankets are thrown on my sofas, candles are always burning and I get to pull all of my favorite fashion out of the closet. Not to mention; the food is amazing, comforting and filling. You guys have enjoyed when I do seasonal produce posts in the past so I figured that I would keep it rolling! If you follow me on IG stories you will see a lot of the listed ingredients in my cooking videos (and my friendsgiving dishes :). I think I have mentioned before, but I will say it again; eating the produce that is in season isn’t only better for you because its harvested at the proper time, but it is also cheaper!
The foods that you will find below not only help with eating a healthy diet, which in turn builds your immunity (flu season), these foods also help to nourish and repair the damage done to our skin during the summer months.
APPLE: not only are apples an anti-inflammatory food, but they are also full of fiber which helps to keep the skin glowing and clearing the colon. Apples are full of vitamin C which helps to boost the immune system. My favorite apple is the honeycrisp and one of my favorite mid day snacks is a sliced honeycrisp dipped in a tablespoon of cookie butter!
BROWN RICE: always, always, swap for brown rice if it is an option. Brown rice is the same as white rice, just less processed, and it also keeps you feeling fuller, longer. My favorite way to consume brown rice is underneath a “bowl” of some sort: usually teriyaki salmon over brown rice with spinach, recipe can be found here.
BRUSSELS SPROUTS: high in nutrients, low in calories. Brussels Sprouts are also high in vitamin C which helps with immunity and tissue repair. Another benefit of these little cabbage are the fact that they are jam packed with vitamin K which is essential for bone health. My favorite way to consume brussels sprouts is to toss in olive oil and bake at 400 until crispy, then drizzle with balsamic reduction! Full recipe can be found: here! Just beware: if you have an event that you are wearing a form fitting dress/top for, they can cause bloating in some people (me).
CHICKPEAS: so full of protein and fiber that they will keep you full long after eating. Favorite way to consume: hummus!
GARLIC: one of my favorite foods that I consume year round. Garlic kills off harmful bacteria– did you know that when you feel a cold coming on that you can swallow a clove of raw garlic and that it’ll attack whatever is brewing inside? I use this method whenever I am pregnant or breastfeeding and it really works. Garlic helps to purify the blood, which in turn affects your all around health– skin health, digestive health, etc. Please make it a point to purchase organic garlic– the garlic with a hint of pink is best (so say my Italian ancestors). My favorite way to consume garlic is in literally every single meal that I consume! lol
GINGER: ginger is really one of the only things that helps me during the first trimester of pregnancy when I am so unbearably sick– it has incredible soothing properties and is jam packed full of anti-inflammatory nutrients. I have heard of cases where people with full blown psoriasis or eczema are healed by simply consuming ginger daily. Ginger is also an amazing detoxifier and blood purifier. My favorite way to consume ginger is to bring water to a boil, add honey and lemon and drink.
KALE: the reason that you hear so much about the benefits of kale is because it is actually one of the most nutrient dense foods on the entire planet. Kale is loaded with vitamin K, which helps to boost circulation. Kale is also an anti-inflammatory which helps with bloating and reducing puffiness or swelling of the face. To top it off, kale is super high in omega-3 fatty acids which help with keeping the skin plump and supple and nourished from the inside. My favorite way to eat kale is either in my green smoothies or sauteed with garlic, salt, pepper and a bit of lemon! If you are looking for a cozy and super easy meal to make that has kale in it, here is my recipe for white bean kale soup! If you are wanting to make a side dish that is fresh and light, here is my recipe for massaged kale salad!
LEMON: lemons are jam packed with vitamin C (have you noticed a trend? so many of these autumn veggies are full of this vitamin which is powerful in warding off sickness– right in the middle of flu season– isn’t nature cool?). Not only is vitamin C essential for immunity, it is also super important for skin health and reducing stress. Favorite way to consume lemons: squeezed over any cruciferous vegetable, or sea food. Also, lemon, ginger and water is a great way to start the day, as it resets and flushes any toxins that may have built up overnight.
PUMPKIN: pumpkins contain carotenoids (the pigments responsible for what gives them their orange color) which are responsible for promoting a glowing and healthy complexion all while reversing UV damage. Pumpkins are also full of vitamin C, which as we know by now is super important for brightening the skin and promoting collagen production. Another key vitamin found in pumpkin is vitamin B, which helps a lot with oxygenating the skin and helping keep acne at bay. To be honest, my favorite way to use pumpkins are for decoration, lol.
WALNUTS: most nuts benefit the skin due to the high levels of omega-3 fatty acids– the walnut takes the cake though when it comes to treating acne conditions in the skin. This nut is full of selenium, which both protects the skin from UV damage as well as acting like a sunscreen from the inside out. So, try to consume a handful of walnuts each day!
“autumn, the year’s last, loveliest smile.” xo, G