Wear your Halloween orange on the inside and it will shine through on the outside. Orange fruits and vegetables such as carrots, mangoes, cantaloupe, winter squashes, sweet potatoes (my favorite) and, yes, pumpkin are chock full of antioxidants including: beta-carotene, vitamin A and vitamin C. These vital nutrients support eye health, night vision, protect skin against sun damage (free radicals) and promote DNA repair among other benefits. Specifically:
- Promotes eye health
- Protects skin against sun damage
- Delays cognitive aging (healthy body and healthy mind!)
Vitamin A (retinol)
- Protects against cardiovascular disease
- Boosts the immune system
- Builds collagen in the skin (go away wrinkles!)
Better yet these foods are so delicious and versatile: eat as is, incorporate into smoothies, soups and stews.
They compliment most foods and add color for a beautiful plate. I love making a mango salsa for fish, chicken or pork. Toss a sweet potato in the oven at 400 deg. for 30-40 mins and you have the perfect super food side dish.
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