Fall is here and it is time to switch up your skincare routine! Did you know that pumpkins have more benefits than just tasting amazing? Pumpkin is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which increase cell turnover, to brighten and smooth the skin. Age and environmental pollutants slow down the turnover of our cells, so our skin over time begins to look more dull. Using enzymes and AHA’s to exfoliate the skin will help to keep your skin looking more smooth and clear. Pumpkin contains antioxidant Vitamin A and Vitamin C to help soften and soothe the skin and boost collagen production to prevent the signs of aging. Vitamin C is one of the strongest antioxidants we can use for our skin. I notice such a difference in my own skin when I am using my Glo Skin Beauty Daily Power C serum each morning. My breakouts come to a halt, the surface flakiness is gone and my skin looks less red and more clear. It is honestly a must have product!
Pumpkins offer us more benefits than being a great skincare ingredient too! One perk from eating pumpkin is better rest. Pumpkin seeds are rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that is responsible for post-Thanksgiving dinner sleepiness. Tryptophan also contributes to helping the body produce serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter that assists you in relaxing and winding down. In addition to promoting better sleep, the serotonin will enhance your mood.
Pumpkin is also an overlooked source of fiber. One cup of pumpkin contains 3 grams of fiber and only 49 calories, which can keep you feeling full for long periods of time on fewer calories. A diet that is rich in fiber enables people to eat less, and thus shed pounds.
During the Fall and Winter months, I love using pumpkin to make smoothies or raw protein balls. Here is one of my favorite energy ball recipes:
Pumpkin Pie Energy Balls
1 cup pitted dates
1 cup raw cashews
1/4 cup canned pumpkin puree
1/4 cup gluten free rolled oats
1 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/4 cup raw hemp seeds
In a food processor, combine the dates, cashews, pumpkin puree, oats and pumpkin pie spice and process until a sticky mass forms.
Spread the hemp seeds on a large plate or in a baking dish. Using tablespoon, scoop the mixture and, with clean slightly wet hands and shape the mixture into a ball between the palms of your hands.
Roll the ball in the hemp seeds to lightly coat, and set on a separate plate. Repeat with the remaining mixture until you have 10 balls that are slightly smaller than a golf ball.
Place the balls in the freezer to set for 30 minutes. Store in an air tight container until required, then bring to room before serving.
This recipe is from the amazing Energy Balls book by Christal Sczebel, C.H.N.
Thank you for reading! Happy Fall:)