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Thanksgiving – a feast for your skin!

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Thanksgiving is here, and with it comes a whole ‘lotta gratitude and a whole ‘lotta food. And while we here at KG like to encourage healthful eating for best complexion results, Thanksgiving is one day we say throw caution to the wind. Do we want whip cream with that pumpkin pie? Oh yes we do.

However, the day should not be a total food guilt trip, so we went off in search of the silver lining. We found that many of the ingredients and foods we eat on Thanksgiving have powerful skin-loving properties, so chew on that as you reach for seconds.

And yes, we know piling marshmallows on top of the yams will probably counteract the “good,” but we’re going to keep this list in mind anyway while we loosen up our belt.

Turkey
This table staple is loaded with zinc, especially if you opt for dark meat, which contains twice as much as the white. While the body only requires trace amounts of zinc, it is essential for the production of protein, and thus collagen, our anti-aging BFF!

Green Beans
These little stalks are an excellent source of Vitamin C, an antioxidant that can help neutralize cell-damaging toxic free radicals. Go for thirds.

Sweet Potatoes
Just one sweet potato packs 200-percent the recommended daily value of Vitamin A, making it a true skin friend. Vitamin A promotes and increases the rate of new skin cell growth. Bonus: one sweet potato delivers three grams of fiber which is necessary for a healthy digestive tract – a well-functioning digestive track can minimize breakouts.

Cranberries
Treat yourself to a scoop of this classic sauce in confidence. Antioxidant-rich cranberries knock out harmful free radicals, and are also known to soothe pesky skin conditions like acne, eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis.

Walnuts and Pecans
Everybody loves a good nut bowl before the feast, and they’re sprinkled throughout just about every casserole and stuffing recipe we see. Nuts are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are not only good for the heart, but also the cell membrane, which helps keep skin moist and wrinkle-resistant.

Pumpkin Pie
As if we need a good reason to eat pumpkin pie (we wait all year for this one)! But, if you’re having second thoughts and are lucky enough to be staring at a scratch-made pumpkin pie – remember, pumpkin is a beta carotene goldmine. The body converts this powerful antioxidant into Vitamin A, which helps prevent wrinkles and keeps skin moisturized. Like green beans, pumpkin is also loaded with Vitamin C.

So, gobble away. Your skin will still love you in the morning. Your belt on the other hand…

Happy Thanksgiving!

–          The KG Team