Autumn foods like sweet potato, pumpkin, carrot, squash, and greens are packed with nutrition that just plain makes skin glow— which is a great thing because this season of detox and transition can be tough on our complexions. These autumn foods are particularly powerful sources of beta carotene that helps increase cell turnover for smoother skin, balance oil production, speed up skin cell renewal, and protect against UV damage. If you’re looking for a place to get more of this amazing beauty nutrient in your diet during the fall and winter, try this smoothie, which also balances blood sugar with that key combo of healthy fats, protein, and abundant veggies (but still tastes sweet!). This recipe can be made with roasted sweet potato, pumpkin, or winter squash— and it’s delicious in all of its forms.
Spiced ‘Skin Glow’ Smoothie
This antioxidant-packed smoothie delivers the protein and healthy fats necessary to stabilize your blood sugar in the morning, while also targeting your skin’s seasonal need for extra healing and repair with beta carotene-rich pumpkin, squash, or sweet potato.
1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (try coconut, almond or hemp)
1/2 cup filtered water
1/2 cup roasted pumpkin, sweet potato or winter squash puree
1 serving plant-based protein powder (1 to 2 scoops)
1/4 cup raw pecans
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp Eat Pretty pumpkin pie spice (p.137 in Eat Pretty) - or sub cinnamon
1 tsp blackstrap molasses (optional for depth of flavor)
Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and process until smooth.