Here’s a classic autumn moment: you’re planning out your evening, figuring out what you have time for after work ends. A stroll outdoors? A brisk picnic? Oh, wait – first, let’s check the phone to see what time the sun sets. Oh… 5:59 pm. That’s just barely when some of us are leaving the office. So, scratch that… what are some other ways we can stay healthy and inspired during these increasingly short, dark days, when the winter starts to creep up on us? Every year, winter has a hibernation effect: we hunker down, and our eating and exercise habits change whether we notice it or not. Let’s get a head start on being proactive about those trends with a tasty, healthy, super-skin-friendly fall salad recipe that we whipped up this past weekend.
Ingredients (enough for 2)
- 1 bunch kale
- 1/2 cup quinoa
- 1 Anjou pear
- 1 Granny Smith pear
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
First, set the quinoa on the stove to cook. You want to use a 1:2 ratio of quinoa to water; add the quinoa, bring the water to a boil, and reduce to a simmer till the quinoa is cooked.
Next, chop the kale into bite-size strips. Put it into a bowl with some extra virgin olive oil, a few squeezes of lemon juice and a sprinkle of salt, and get your hands in there – massage the kale till it’s soft and limp. Massaging kale helps it go from tough and bitter to soft and sweet, by essentially wilting it, without the use of heat. That helps break down the cellulose, making it much easier on the digestive system.
Once the quinoa is cooked, toss it in with your kale in a large bowl. Prepare your Granny Smith apple and Anjou pear by slicing thinly and mixing in to the salad, along with the walnuts and pumpkin seeds. Last, slice up your avocado and toss on top.
As for dressing, we’re a fan of Annie’s Natural and Organic Dressings, especially the Goddess kind.
So, why did we choose these ingredients?
Kale: Essentially, kale is packed with skin-friendly nutrients, like vitamins C, A and K, along with calcium, fiber and sulfur, the which help keep the skin’s detox systems healthy to flush away toxins from all organs, including the skin.
Quinoa: Quinoa contains lysine, a building block for collagen and elastin, as well as riboflavin, which also helps with boosted skin elasticity.
Pear: Pears are all-around good for you, but their skin-relevant benefits include high concentrations of Vitamin C, and the fact that they’re very fibrous, which helps reduce blood-sugar spikes, which can be damaging for the skin.
Granny Smith Apple: Apples are a great daily source of vitamins and antioxidants, which help keep tissue damage and visible aging at bay.
Walnuts: The skin loves B-vitamins, and these nuts are packed with ’em. Plus, having a healthy B-vitamin balance helps reduce stress, and we know that stress is a no-no for happy skin.
Pumpkin Seeds: These teeny-tiny seeds are packed with zinc, which is all-around awesome for skin: it promotes a healthy, youthful look. Eat them up!
What have you been creating in the kitchen this fall…. anything we can get inspired by? Share below!
Author: Tata Harper Team
The team at Tata Harper Skincare is passionate about promoting a modern, health-conscious natural beauty lifestyle that’s committed to safety, honesty and sustainability.