Just because it’s getting colder, doesn’t mean you can’t have glowing skin all Autumn long!
This week, we’ve filled our smoothie boxes with ingredients that are bursting with skin-loving beta carotene, as well as potent anti-inflammatory properties. Get your glow on with butternut squash, lucuma, cacao, cayenne, and apple cider vinegar.
Butternut Ginger Snap
While pumpkins may seem like the stars in October, butternut squash shouldn’t be left out in the cold! Low in fat but high in fiber, butternut squash is also full of potassium, B6 and folate. Lucuma is a natural sweetener that comes from South America, and has a good amount of fiber and iron per serving. Mix in some anti-inflammatory ginger, satiating almonds, and a sweet pear, and you have a pie-in-a-glass that brings together the best flavors that October has to offer!
Protein Peanut Butter
What’s better than the classic combination of peanut butter and chocolate? When that combination comes with antioxidant kick! With more antioxidants and magnesium per serving than almost any other food, cacao (which is chocolate in its rawest form) is also full of the minerals iron, copper, and zinc, which means it’s the kind of chocolate you can feel great about eating (every day). Add in some vegan pea protein, and you get a smoothie that not only helps curb cravings, but can be a delicious meal replacement at the same time.
Almond Covered Caramel Apple
Who else immediately thinks of caramel apples as soon as October hits? In this smoothified version, we’re including apples (which are full of fiber and have been shown in studies to be beneficial to our brains), and lucuma powder, a Peruvian superfruit that tastes like caramel and boasts ample amounts of beta carotene, iron and zinc. We’re also adding almonds for a satisfyingly nutty taste (as well as protein), dates for natural sweetness, and swiss chard for tons of vitamins A, K and C.
October is usually when it starts to get really chilly out, and with the dropping temperatures often comes sniffling and coughing all around us. Fight off a fall cold with this immune boosting powerhouse! There’s tons of vitamin C from two oranges and red pepper, and apple cider vinegar has been shown to fight inflammation and bacteria inside the body. In addition to giving you metabolism a little boost, cayenne is also a potent anti-inflammatory, and hemp seed is full of healthy fatty acids our bodies need to look and feel their best.
Grape Chia Refresh
Collard greens are one of the only vegetables with protein, and have a healthy dose of fiber as well. They’re also bursting with vitamins A, C, and calcium. Chia seeds will keep you satisfied and energized with their protein, fiber, and healthy fats, and cucumbers will add hydration and more fiber. Grapes and a lime round out this refreshing smoothie with antioxidants and a touch of sweetness, curbing those sugar cravings while boosting your immunity and helping you feel as bright as a sunny fall day!