It’s officially the week of THANKSGIVING! While I can’t wait for the family time, my mind has been on the amazing food to come all. week. long. Anyone else with me?? Before you go gorging on that second (or third…) helping of your holiday faves, read on for your guide to a skin-friendly Thanksgiving!
Did you know that turkey can actually be good for you?? This heart-healthy meat helps boost metabolism and is PACKED with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Let’s not forget about the tons of protein that is imperative for the forming of collagen for firmer skin! Yes, please!
Here in the Midwest, too, it’s not Thanksgiving without that green bean casserole. Green beans contain vitamins A, C, and K for healthy skin! It’s also an amazing low-cal (and tasty!) option especially with skim milk and fresh veggies.
Reach for those greens, girl! Spinach is an amazing, skin-friendly power food. And this staple is high in vitamins for anti-aging, clearer skin, and even sun protection! So reach for those leafy sides and reap the benefit of glowing skin in noooo time at all!
Adding almonds into your salads is a great (and healthy) way to add pizazz, too! These nuts are high in vitamin E for a clear, even complexion AND their antioxidants protect your skin from free radicals. How cool is that just from one tiny snack?
I’m not sure about you…but I LOVE cranberries! These tart berries are an amazing source of vitamin c – and this helps build collagen in your skin! While they’re fighting lines and wrinkles, they’re also great for the rest of your body, too.
Craving that one glass of red wine with your meal? Go for it! A glass of red wine contains wonderful antioxidants to fight aging…so drink up (in moderation, of course)! Keep an eye on your skin, though, if you have sensitivities as this alcohol can also flare up rosacea symptoms.
Sweet potatoes or my FAVE: pumpkin pie! These sweeter dishes are high in vitamin A to help skin cells regenerate and grow. Who knew Thanksgiving dinner (and desserts) could be so great for your skin?? Just watch out for too much sugar!
Looking for extra vitamin A? Butternut squash is a yummy, skin-friendly option also!
An after-dinner coffee is a wonderful way to wind down with the fam! This favorite can help to improve blood flow and is anti-inflammatory. It also helps reduce hyperpigmentation in the skin! But be careful – coffee can dry out skin! So limit this drink, too, for a happier complexion.
Nothing says holidays, to me, like cinnamon! This add-in is anti-bacterial, meaning it can heal acne and keep skin clear. Sprinkling some of this sweetener on your coffee or pie can be a big boost for your skin health!
Finally, are those holiday cocktails calling your name?? My skin-friendly tip is to skip the sugary, calorie-packed drinks or at least opt for a healthier alternative! Alcohol affects how your body is able to detox itself AND it dehydrates your skin. This leads to broken-down skin elasticity which means more wrinkles. Uh-oh.
Reach for sparkling water with fruit instead, or if you must drink alcohol – guzzle glasses of water between cocktails to keep skin healthy!
What are your tips for a skin-friendly Thanksgiving feast? Let me know in the comments, then shop my family holiday must-haves below!
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