5 Thanksgiving Recipes Your Skin Will Thank You For

While I love the warm, cozy feelings of togetherness that Thanksgiving brings, I’m less excited about the other side effects: bloat, flushed skin, and guilt. That’s why I culled my five favorite Turkey Day-friendly recipes that are kind to your skin, mind, and the waistbands of your winter formalwear.

Sweet Potato and Apple Latkes, image courtesy of The New York Times
Sweet Potato and Apple Latkes, image courtesy of The New York Times

Cranberries are particularly potent antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties. If you’ve never been a fan of cranberry sauce, try this recipe from Martha Stewart Living — the oranges (+ Vitamin C!) give it a sweeter, richer flavor.

I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about kale right now, and with good reason! Bon Appetit‘s garlicky greens recipe is rich in flavonoids, which have been shown to reduce risk of cancers, including breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers.

I had no idea how amazingly beneficial sweet potatoes were until I researched them for you guys — they’re packed with Vitamin A (which Retinol is derived from, by the way) and provide 65% of your daily Vitamin C! The New York Times’ twist on the classic Hanukkah recipe is baked, not fried, to pack more of a healthy punch.

Cauliflower is my favorite cruciferous vegetable! This family of veggies help your body detox — preventing toxin damage can help prevent cancer. It’s also rich in fiber, aiding in digestion. While I love cauliflower roasted (completely addictive!), you may want to try this recipe from Eating Well in lieu of mashed potatoes to cut down on calories.

What would Thanksgiving be without dessert? Instead of a pie, which can cram tons of calories into the crust, I like a crisp. This one from MyRecipes contains apples, walnuts, and cinnamon, which are all packed with health benefits. Cinnamon can help lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, and reduce your body’s negative reactions to eating high-fat meals. Walnuts contain omega 3 fatty acids, which help improve skin’s appearance, and apples are rich in Malic Acid, which can prevent heart disease (you know, an apple a day?).

Everyone at DGSkincare wishes you a happy and warm Thanksgiving! What are your family’s favorite recipes?

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