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Best Fall Foods for Skin

The food that you put into your body manifests itself externally. When you feed your body healthy, nutritious foods full of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, your skin will improve in tone and texture. A great way to increase your intake of vitamins and minerals is to pick fresh produce. When you select produce that is in-season, you not only get the greatest tasting fruits and vegetables, you also get a better price than buying off-season produce. Below, find our three favorite fall foods for healthy skin.

Pumpkins.

Pumpkin
You can’t separate pumpkins and fall, the two just go together. Pumpkins are for more than just carving and making delicious pies, they are also a super beneficial fall food when it comes to skincare. All face types benefit from pumpkin, but you may be especially pleased with adding this to your diet or beauty regimen if you have skin that has suffered environmental damage. Pumpkin contains high levels of vitamins A and C, both of which help correct and prevent damage from environmental influences, such as sun damage. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can protect against and help remedy damage due to free radicals. Vitamin A is excellent for maintaining smooth, soft skin. Eating pumpkin is a great way to increase your levels of vitamins A and C and who doesn’t want another excuse to eat a slice of pumpkin pie? But you can also use pureed pumpkin to make facial masks. If you have dry skin, mix pumpkin puree and plain yogurt and if you have oily skin, use a blend of pumpkin puree and apple cider vinegar.

Apples

Apples
Another food that is practically synonymous with fall is the apple. From pies to cider, apple is everywhere during autumn and for good reason. Apples come in tons of varieties, offering something for every taste preference and they are a super versatile fruit when it comes to making meals. Although oranges are typically equated with vitamin C, apples are full of this antioxidant as well. In addition to protecting against and reversing damage from free radicals, it also helps speed up skin cell production, meaning your skin looks healthy and radiant. Apples are also full of B vitamins, specifically B5 and B9, which are great for combating acne and skin irritation.

Grapes.

Grapes
Grapes are great any time of year, but the vast majority of grapes in the northern hemisphere are harvested between the months of October and August. The skins of grapes are amazing sources of resveratrol, an awesome anti-aging antioxidant. Recent research suggests that in addition to the anti-aging properties of resveratrol, it may also be a great ingredient if you suffer from acne. Resveratrol is a natural anti-inflammatory and it can help soothe skin that is acting up. Grapes also contain vitamins A, C, K and some B vitamin compounds as well as micro-nutrients such as iron, copper and manganese.

You can increase your intake of these fall fruits for better skin, or you can use these ingredients topically. Put apples and grapes in a fruity chicken salad, or make a warm pumpkin soup on a cold fall night. Eating, or using these fall foods topically, will help you achieve clearer, younger-looking and more radiant skin.

Our Produce Picks for a Healthy Fall

Now that fall is upon us, you may think your fresh produce choices become quite limited. Sure, great summer fruits like watermelon and vegetables such as corn on the cob are gone, but a whole new set of great tasting produce arrives when fall does. Wondering what fruits and vegetables are the most nutritious during the fall season? Wonder no more, Vine Vera picked our top five produce products to stock up on for the healthiest fall possible.

Apples

Apples
What would fall be without an apple crisp or a homemade apple pie? Apples are an excellent source of fiber; there are four grams of fiber per serving of apples. Apples also contain quercetin, a heart-healthy antioxidant. When making your apple dishes, or eating raw, it’s important to keep the skins on as that is where the flavonoid content is highest. Bake apples with a bit of cinnamon and honey, chop them to top of a healthy salad or eat raw.

Cauliflower on a wooden table.

Cauliflower
You probably don’t think of cauliflower as a fall food, but it’s harvest season is vast spanning from September to June. Cauliflower is a great source of phytonutrients, vitamins B6, C and K. It also contains magnesium, biotin and omega-3 fatty acids. Cauliflowers also is a good source of protein and folate. One of the greatest things about cauliflower, besides all of the nutritional benefits, is that you can make so many things using cauliflower. Mash them as a substitute for mashed potatoes, roast it on its own or puree them into a hearty harvest soup.

Parsnip.

Parsnips
This root vegetable isn’t talked about very often, but it is a super fall food for several reasons. Parsnips feature a sweet, nutty flavor that make them perfect in comforting fall dishes, particularly homemade soups. The flavor isn’t the only benefit of parsnips; they are also rich in potassium, folate and vitamin C. Puree into a soup (add cauliflower for twice the health benefits), roast with a bit of Parmesan cheese or mash them in place of potatoes.

Fresh pears in a basket.

Pears
Another tasty fruit that makes our produce picks list is the pear. Pears have a sweet flavor and are a juicy fruit when eaten raw, but you may want to try baking or poaching pears to really experience their full flavor. Pears are an excellent source of vitamin C and the mineral copper. In addition, a serving of pears has four grams of fiber. Make “pear” sauce (as you would applesauce), baked with a sprinkle of cinnamon or simply enjoy raw.

Baked sweet potato.

Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are one of the quintessential fall foods: the color is reminiscent of the scenery outdoors and this root vegetable is perfect for cozy dishes, like sweet potato casserole. Sweet potatoes do far more than fit with the atmosphere of fall, they are an excellent source of essential nutrients. Rich in vitamins B3, C and folate, sweet potatoes are a great way to eat antioxidants. Additionally, sweet potatoes are very high in the mineral potassium. Potassium is crucial for the proper functioning of cells in your body. Bake as you would a regular potato, make mashed sweet potatoes or add to an awesome autumn soup.

Eating seasonally is a bit cheaper than if you were to continue buying off-season produce, it makes you a bit more adventurous and playful in the kitchen and the produce is the perfect complement to the outdoor atmosphere. The next time you head to your local grocery store or farmer’s market, look for the five fruits and vegetables above to have a healthy, as well and delicious, fall.