I was planning to post this on Friday – actually I should have posted it the previous Friday, but sick kids, my gut issues, charity work on behalf of the Vasculitis Foundation, life …. Sorry! One of these days, I might get my whole act together.
For now, let’s talk apples.
We’ve all heard the adage: An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
But, an apple a day may also keep the plastic surgeon away.
Yup, apples, as well as two of fall’s other fruit harvests – pumpkins and pomegranates – have amazing beauty benefits.
Some of you may have caught me discussing this food to face topic on PIX11 Morning News, last Tuesday, with my dear friend, and mentor, Sukanya Krishna. (Side bar: I LOVE this woman. She’s a momBOSS, girl’s girl and killer anchor).
If you didn’t get a chance to catch the segment – Fall’s Fountain of Youth Fruits – check out the clip below.
I got quite a few emails and social media pings about the items on the table, so here’s some more scoop about the skincare and beauty finds, as well.
Benefits of Eating Apples
- Ursolic acid, found in the peal, is linked to lower risk of obesity because it boosts calorie burn and increases muscle
- There are 4gp of fiber per one medium size apple. Fiber will keep you fuller longer, so you’re hopefully less likely to much on unhealthy snacks.
- Fiber also improves your digestive system and increases metabolism. If you’ve been following my gut health drama on Instastories, you know I’m all about good gut health.
Nutritious Nibble featuring Apples
- An apple bar is a fun way to get the whole eating the fruit. Slice up (with the skin on – because apple skin has the majority of the vitamins, fiber and other benefits) and put on the table with various sides like almond butter, peanut butter, Nutella, honey.
- At my house, we’re big on baking apples. Wash, decorate with cranberries if desired and pop into the oven at 375degrees for approximately 45minutes. Baked apples with their skin on, retain more of their nutritional value, as compared to making apple sauce.
Beauty Benefits of Apples
Juice Beauty, which has Gwyneth Paltrow as their creative director, have an amazing green apple collection that is formulated without parabens, petroleum, propylene or butylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfates, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances (yup eco excellence). The apples are even sourced from organic farms. On PIX11 I spotlighted the Green Apple Firming Body Moisturizer $18.
- brightening malic acid from organic green apples combined with other ingredients for lux lotion that helps with skin glow
- essential fatty acids and apple’s Vitamin C nourish and help firm skin from head to toe
- No parabens, petroleum, pesticides, phthalates, artificial dyes or synthetic fragrances
Benefits of Eating Pumpkins
- Pumpkins are loaded with Vitamin A, which helps with vision.
- In the mood for less Wrinkles? Pumpkins are loaded with the antioxidant beta-carotene which helps fight UV damage.
- Vitamin C found in pumpkins is a natural immune booster that may help during cold/flu season
Nutritious Nibbles featuring Pumpkins
noosa yoghurt Pumpkin Flavor 4oz. 4 pack $4.99, Available at Whole Foods.
- perfect for snack time, grab-and-go
- made with whole-milk and fresh pumpkin puree and infused with wildflower honey on local dairy farms in Colorado
Beauty Benefits of Pumpkins
PCA SKIN has a great pumpkin wine-based toner. Yup, you can make wine from anything. Who knew! The Nutrient Toner is $35.
- It’s packed with enzymes, amino acids and vitamins helps minimize appearance of pores, gently exfoliate and leave skin with a healthy glow
- pumpkin wine produced by fermenting whole pumpkin, which releases the nutritional benefits of pumpkin, including vitamin A and vitamin C
- Best of all, this product is free of synthetic dyes and fragrances
Benefits of Eating Pomegranates
- Pomegranates protect against heart disease and cancer, due to antioxidants like flavonoids and polyphenols
- They Contain a natural inhibitor that inhibits production of estrogen, which can reduce breast cancer risk
- Blood pressure-reducing properties, thanks to phytochemicals in pomegranate
Nutritious Nibble featuring Pomegranates
POM Wonderful POM POMS Fresh Arils 4.3oz $3.99, Available at local grocery store
- Time-saving package of ready-to-eat pomegranate arils
- good source of fiber, 4 grams per half-cup serving. With polyphenols and free-radical fighting antioxidants, only 100-calories for 4.3oz
- For easy entertaining, the 8oz size is great for the home chef that wants to jazz a dish in seconds, giving it a punch of color, sweet taste and a healthy bonus.
Beauty Benefits of Pomegranates
WELEDA is another one of those brands I trust for their cleaner, greener approach to formulation. IF you’re looking for a new night moisturizer, try their Pomegranate Firming Night Cream $37, available at Whole Foods.
- organic pomegranate seed oil contains high-level of antioxidants and essential fatty acids that protect skin from damaging free radicals (sun other environmental damage)
- results in the reduction of wrinkles, for firm refreshed skin
- 100% certified natural by NaTrue
I’m so passionate about finding cleaner, green beauty and lifestyle products. So, if you have a brand or product you love – skincare, cosmetics, cleaning agents, baby/kid items, whatever – leave a comment below. Let’s detoxify together. #CleanerGeenerLife
NOTE above medical/health claims: I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on f TV. All benefits are those I’ve heard from medical experts, research online and via interviews, and/or found in recent studies. If you have concerns about eating something or the effects of a certain product/ingredient on your skin, please call your REAL doctor.
Also, the food brands listed above and featured in my segment are not endorsing any of the benefits claims I’m mentioning, unless stated otherwise. Because, like me, they are not fans of law suits.
Okay, that’s all. Just gotta get that out. Like I said, I’m not a fan of law suits. Stress is just toxic for your skin.
Until next time, here’s hoping you #AlwaysBeYourBestYou.