As the days grow shorter and the weather starts to cool off, it's tempting to stay inside wrapped in a cozy blanket all day. However, with just a little bit of effort, you can enjoy the autumn weather while keeping your skin looking its best. Here are some delicious recipes that will help keep your skin healthy and glowing this fall.
Colorful Quinoa Salad
With a rainbow of veggies and healthy fat coconut oil, this recipe will keep you full and satiated all day while giving your skin a boost of Vitamins A, C and K! From The Healthy
- 2 cups of cooked tricolor quinoa
- 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
- ½ red onion
- 2 cups of kale, washed, ribbed, and chopped
- ¼ cup of pine nuts
- juice of 1 medium lime
- 1 roasted or boiled sweet potato, peeled and diced
- ¼ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
- ¼ teaspoon pink peppercorns
- ¼ cup pomegranate seeds or cranberries
Heat virgin coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring until browned (about five minutes). Add kale, stirring until wilted and just tender (but still bright green) about three to four minutes. Add salt and pepper and stir. Add sweet potatoes, kale, and onion mixture and lime juice to cooked quinoa. Fluff with a fork to combine. Garnish with chopped pine nuts and pomegranate seeds and serve slightly warm or at room temperature.
Glowing Pumpkin Smoothie
According to the New Jersey Vein + Vascular Clinic, Pumpkin has the power to penetrate deep into skin to provide many benefits. It's full of the antioxidants, Vitamin A and Vitamin C, that both help to soften and soothe dry skin. Pumpkin also boosts collagen production which keeps skin from looking cracked and scaly. So get sipping on this glowing pumpkin smoothie to reap the benefits of this autumn vegetable! From Berry Sweet Life
- 2 cups fresh pumpkin, peeled and sliced into cubes or pumpkin puree
- 1 banana sliced
- 1 green apple peeled and chopped
- 2 tbsp peanut butter salt and sugar free
- 165 ml (1 cup) coconut milk or almond milk, or rice milk
- ground cinnamon for dusting (optional)
Peel and slice the pumpkin into small cubes. Steam until very soft, drain.
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until silky smooth and creamy. Add a dash of water if you feel it is too thick.
Pour into two glasses or jars, dust with a little ground cinnamon and enjoy!
Pumpkin Seed Muffins
Carrots and pumpkins, rich in Vitamin A, are two fall veggies that are great for your skin - the miracle Vitamin A helps speed up skin healing, prevent breakouts and support the skin’s immune system! These a great as a sweet treat or a healthy snack on the go.
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup grated carrot
- 1 cup grated granny smith apple
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, peeled and grated
- 2 cups almond flour
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2/3 cup black raisins
- 2/3 cup pecans
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and fill a regular-sized muffin tray with baking cups. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, eggs, maple syrup, carrot, apple, and ginger until well combined (wet ingredients). In a separate bowl, stir together the almond flour, raisins, pecans, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and chia seeds (dry ingredients). Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir until well combined. Scoop batter into lined muffin tray, filling the cups ¾ of the way full. Place muffin tray in the center rack and bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick tests clean.
Autumn Salmon and Squash Buddha Bowl
Salmon is one of the best foods you can eat for healthy, glowing skin so if you’re not incorporating it into your diet yet, this fall is a great place to start! Rich in healthy fats and omega-3s this bowl is bursting with flavor and ingredients your skin will love. From Once Upon A Pumpkin
For the salad:
- 1 cup quinoa cooked
- 3 cups roughly 2 bunches lacinato kale, washed and de-stemmed
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 1/2 cup roasted butternut squash
- 1 1/2 cup roasted cauliflower
- 2 tbsp. avocado oil
- salt and pepper
- 1 apple chopped
- 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 1/3 pomegranate seeds
- 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
- 1/4 cup pecan pieces
- 2 salmon filets
For the dressing & marinade:
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- juice from 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp. honey syrup
- 4 tsp. Dijon mustard
- salt and pepper to taste
Cook quinoa according to package directions.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Toss cubed butternut squash and cauliflower florets with avocado oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast on a baking sheet for approximately 15 minutes until the squash is fork tender. Let cool.
In a small bowl combine all of the ingredients for the dressing/marinade and whisk together. Use half as a marinade for the salmon (drizzle on each of the 2 filets) and the rest as salad dressing. Pour marinade on salmon. Bake at 400 degrees in the oven for about 10-12 minutes until opaque or grill on a grill pan on the stove for 3-4 minutes on each side.
Next, massage the washed and dried kale with olive oil and garlic powder for a few seconds.
Toss roasted veggies with the kale. Add chopped apple, pomegranate seeds, pumpkin seeds, feta and pecans.
Drizzle with remaining dressing and enjoy!
The recipes we’ve shared are some of our favorites for keeping our skin healthy and glowing this fall. What recipes do you enjoy making in the fall? Do you have any tips to share on how to keep your skin looking its best during the autumn months? We would love to hear from you in the comments below!