During the summer we tend to reach for berries and watermelon. Now that summer has past, it’s time for us to adjust our taste buds to fruits and vegetables that are of the Autumn season. Taking care of ourselves buy eating doesn’t have to reck havoc on our wallets. Buying produce that is in season is not only an economical decision, but guarantees that what we buy is fresh. Here are my top five favorite fruits and vegetables for Fall and details on each produces’ body and skin benefits. Bon Appetit!
Apples – Don’t take them for granted! They contain collagen and elastin, two things that are skin loses gradually as we age. An apple a day keeps the plastic surgeon away. Apples also contain antioxidants, which prevents tissue damage, wrinkles, and pre-mature aging. It also contains procyanidin B-2 which keeps your hair healthy and shiny.
Artichokes – This delicious veggie is great just on its own. You can steam the artichoke and eat the artichoke heart, located above the stem, as well as the base of most of its leaves. The artichoke heart can also be eaten raw as part of a simple salad. Artichokes are full of antioxidants that can help fend of your skin from free radicals. It also has a hefty helping of vitamin C, which helps prevent skin inflammation and infections.
Brussels sprouts – Contains Vitamin C, for collagen production and improving skin elasticity, and antioxidants. My favorite way to cook these little bad boys is to douse them in olive oil, salt, and pepper, and then pop them in the oven for 10-15 minutes. Makes the perfect side dish.
Edamame – These soy beans are full of antioxidants, protein, and fiber. Eating daily amounts of soy is also known to help gradually fade acne scarring. The best way to cook edamame is to boil them and then garnish with salt. When fully cooked, the peas are easily squeezed out of the pod. Try replacing your usual snack of chips with edamame. Your skin will thank you!
Pomegranate – We all know this is one of my favorite fruits. This beauty food is packed with antioxidants, Vitamin C and B5, potassium, and fiber. Pomegranate juice is a great alternative if you find eating the seeds of the pomegranate too time consuming. Look for brands that at little to no sugar.