Break out the allspice, the pie pan and the crock pot. Fall is finally here and we’re ready to dig into all the autumn-flavored foods that remind us of falling leaves, family get-togethers and sitting by the season’s first fire. The produce section at your grocery is a bounty of beauty-boosting foods that you can add to pies, stews and much more, while reaping their benefits for your skin, hair and smile. Here are a few of our favorites:
Pumpkin: Like many fall squashes, pumpkin is chock full of beta-carotene. Once you’ve consumed pumpkin, it’s converted into vitamin A, which is crucial for cell repair and skin health. Beyond your annual pie, also consider pumpkin soup, ravioli or even adding some cubed pumpkin to a stew.
Apples: These little gems are available year-round, but they’re at their crispy, juicy best during fall–the height of apple season. You likely already know that apples are a great source of fiber that keeps you feeling full. In fact, people who eat apples regularly have been shown to have less abdominal fat. In another form, apple cider vinegar, they can add shine to your hair, remove buildup and even ease dandruff. Once a week, in the shower, shampoo and rinse your hair. Then apply a rinse of apple cider vinegar and water. Leave on for a few minutes and rinse well. Towel dry hair, but forgo the blow dryer. (We don’t recommend this treatment for those of you with color-treated hair. The vinegar can strip the color out.)
Root vegetables: Fall is all about hearty, richly flavored foods. Most notably: root vegetables like carrots, turnips, parsnips, beets and radishes. Not only are these full of vitamins and antioxidants that keep the skin youthful and supple, but finishing a meal with a raw, fibrous, chewy vegetable like one of these will help remove plaque from your teeth and stimulate your gums–which are essential for keeping a healthy, sexy smile. Now, that’s something to really fall for.