Your Gorgeous Skin Loves Apples & Pumpkins! Tips + Recipes (Including Delish Mulled Apple Cider)

Two of fall's most traditional and popular foods are really good for you and your skin: apples and pumpkin.

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Autumn is such a beautiful time of year, but I feel like it also heralds the season of comfort eating! From Halloween to Thanksgiving, and right on through the holidays and into the new year, so many of our rituals are ALL about FOOOOOD! One great thing though is that two of fall’s most traditional and popular foods are really good for you and your skin: apples and pumpkin.

PUMPKIN: Packed with Vitamins A and C, pumpkin is rich in antioxidants, which makes your body and skin happy. The gorgeous gourd is also stocked with other good-for-you nutrients like fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, beta carotene and potassium.

Sweet things with pumpkin are delicious — I recently made these pumpkin scones with sour cream and chocolate chips (heavenly), and I can’t WAIT for pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving — but pumpkin can also be wonderful in savory meals like this curried pumpkin lentil soup recipe.


APPLES: Apples are actually pretty incredible; according to the Whole Foods blog, they’re rich in something called apple polyphenols. Without getting too technical, what that means is that they’re bursting with antioxidants — good for your heart, you whole body, and your skin! Plus, says Whole Foods, phytonutrients in apples can help you regulate your blood sugar. And, even though they’re not super high in fiber, “recent research has shown that intake of apples in their whole food form can significantly lower many of our blood fats.” Amazing!
Apples make a great snack —  I pair mine with cheese or peanut butter for a great protein boost to keep me going. They’re also a great addition to salads, or to the roasting pan if you’re baking a chicken or something else in the oven!
Apples can also be part of a yummy but healthy breakfast; dice some into your oatmeal, or try this great  recipe for Flax Seed Apple Batter French Toast!
And of course, they can make a wonderfully warming drink at the end of a cold day….

Domain NYC’s Hot Mulled Organic Cider recipe:

1 gallon of organic apple cider
1 orange
1 cup of brown sugar
5 medium sized cinnamon sticks
1 gram of cloves
6 whole star anise
6 whole allspice
1 cheese cloth
1 oz Calvados or spiced rum

Pour 1 gallon of organic apple cider into a medium sized stock pot, then stir in the brown sugar.
Score the orange and place it in the cider.
Wrap up the following in a piece of cheese cloth and tie with a string, then place into the cider:
-Star anise
-Cinnamon sticks (whole)
Allow the spices to steep over low heat for one hour.
Refrigerate the pot, keeping the mulling spices in the cider overnight.
The next day, remove the mulling spices and oranges from the cider and reheat.
Add Calvados or spiced rum to each mug of cider.

YUM, right?

Just remember that alcohol can be dehydrating, so to gain maximum skin benefits from this recipe, be sure to balance out with plenty of water consumption and by using a moisturizer like Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturizer!

What’s your favorite way to eat apples and pumpkin?


Apple image via BenGarney/Flickr
FTC Full Disclosure: April Daniels Hussar is BettyConfidential’s Editorial Director and is a brand ambassador for Simple® Skincare. The views and opinions in this post are her own; visit to share your story on sensitive skin.

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