brussells sprouts

Fall Foods for Glowing Skin

October 17, 2011 at 5:25 pm , by

Originally posted on Gloss Daily

While fall fashion and makeup trends are cool, what we really look forward to are all of the seasonal foods now lining grocery store shelves (yep, we are total foodies!). But who knew many of these munchies are also good for the skin. According to Nutritionist and Personal Trainer, Robin Barrie Kaiden, MS, RD, CDN, CSSD, pumpkin, cranberries, and brussels sprouts are packed with the vitamins and nutrients needed to boost radiance in skin. Like we really needed another reason to indulge.

PUMPKIN is high in…

-Beta carotene, which decrease UV-induced damage, inflammation, and oxidative stress.

-Vitamin C, an antioxidant that protects the skin from environmental pollutants and toxins, while aiding in collagen production.

-Vitamin E to help protect skin from UV light and free radical cell damage.

-Zinc, which protects against oxidative stress and fights acne.

-Omega 3′s that maintain healthy cell membranes, making sure moisture and nutrients remain in the skin, while toxins are kept out.

CRANBERRIES are a great source of…

-B vitamins that reduce stress, anxiety, and depression, which means your hormones remain balanced and you breakout less frequently.

-Selenium, which protects skin against sun damage and improves elasticity.

BRUSSELS SPROUTS are packed with…

-Vitamin K that promotes healthy blood circulation to the skin, which heals skin discoloration, improves the healing of scars, and minimizes the appearance of spider veins in the face.

Calling all cooks! Robin gave us this skin-friendly side dish to try. Share your own recipe in the comments box below.

Lime Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pumpkin Seeds

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or olive oil cooking spray
  • 16 ounces Brussels sprouts, halved
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 4 tablespoons roasted, shelled pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat a 9×13″ baking dish with olive oil or cooking spray. Add brussels sprouts in a single layer. Mist lightly with spray, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake 20-25 minutes.  Remove from oven, and mix in lime juice.  Sprinkle evenly with pumpkin seeds. Return to oven for 5 minutes, remove, then serve! Makes 4 servings.