Recipe for Fall Beauty: Chia Spice Smoothie

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In this season of pumpkin lattes, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin cheesecakes and pies, it’s easy to lose sight of the powerful skin nutrition that’s found in pumpkin.

One serving of pumpkin has about seven times the skin-smoothing, glow-inducing vitamin A you need in a day, so snacking on pumpkin is an instant jumpstart for lackluster skin.

Sometimes we forget that pumpkin is actually a vegetable (not simply a flavoring), and that we can cook and eat those pumpkins we pick at our local farm— not just carve them and put them in the window.

When you snack on a pumpkin muffin or sip a pumpkin coffee, you’re not getting much, if any, of pumpkin’s mega dose of vitamin A (excellent for boosting cell turnover and smoothing skin at a time of year when your skin needs it more than ever!). What you need is a smart way to use pumpkin this season, so you can make the most of this veggie and the fabulous pumpkin flavor that we love so much in the fall. Beauties, it’s time to take pumpkin out from beneath that mountain of sugar and make it into a delicious, festive, crave-worthy treat that also keeps your skin gorgeous!

For a creamy, spiced snack that’s more satisfying than a pumpkin donut and worlds more beautifying for your skin, try my Chia Spice Smoothie, below. The omega-3-rich chia seeds add just a bit of healthy fat, to ensure that you absorb all of the beauty vitamins packed inside pumpkin. You can use canned pumpkin, or cook your own in the oven (don’t forget to roast the seeds, which are high in skin-healing zinc!).

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Leftover Squash? Try This Vit A-Packed Fall Spice Smoothie

Last night I roasted squash to serve as a quick side dish with soup. I halved the squash, set aside the seeds, and let it roast (cut side down in a tiny bit of water) for 40 minutes as I practiced yoga in the living room. When I was finished, it was too.

Not only is cooked squash (pick your fave: butternut, acorn, kabocha, delicata, hubbard) incredibly warming and grounding to our bodies in the fall, squash is super high in beta carotene, which converts to vitamin A, an essential beauty vitamin for healthy cell growth and damage repair, contributing to soft, clear, youthful-looking skin. Vitamin A is also important for strong vision! Getting enough A is easy with fall squash— one cup of cooked butternut squash has 457% of your daily vitamin A needs, for example.

That might be the end of the squash story— except for the leftovers...

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