Depending on the season, there are certain foods that tend to catch our eye. When the sun comes out from behind the clouds and the snowy days are far behind us, we begin to see yellow fruits and vegetables appearing everywhere —  think of bananas, mangos, and yellow peppers.

Yellow often represents sunshine, happiness, and radiance, which are adjectives we’d all love to use more often. Yellow fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins and minerals that have the power to reverse damaged skin cells. They also have a phytochemical called bio-flavonoid, sometimes referred to as Vitamin P. Vitamin P helps break down Vitamin C and helps to provide the necessary amounts that the skin needs to replenish itself. These yellow fruits and vegetables also house powerful antioxidants that combat illness and heart problems. Often, people tend to invest in skincare products and creams when they actually just need to eat more yellow food. These yellow fruits and veggies have more retinol properties than any over-the-counter beauty regime.

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If you’re ready to improve your skin, diminish wrinkles and improve your overall health, here are 10 yellow fruits and vegetables plus recipes that will do just that!

Fruit:

1. BananasSugar-Free Banana Chips

Bananas are one of the more obvious, but favorite yellow fruit there is — they’re sweet, filling and filled with vital potassium. Bananas are a major storehouse of vitamin A, B, C, E as well as zinc, potassium, and magnesium. They also consist of amino acids that help fight allergies. B6 is also present, which is an antioxidant that prevents premature aging and it’s a natural moisturizer! They’re also known to reduce swelling. As you can now see, the benefits of bananas are truly great. It’s even better that they can be eaten in some many delicious recipes.

Try these Sugar-Free Banana Chips, Chocolate Banana and Peanut Butter Overnight Oats, One Bowl Almond Butter Banana Bread, or these Banana Bread Breakfast Muffins, Banana and Peanut Butter Flapjacks and this Banana Bread Mud Cake for a variety of nutrient-dense, tasty meals, and snacks. In addition, check out and Go Bananas For These Recipes, You Banana Lovers!

2. MangosMango Sorbet With Banana and Pineapple

Mangos are famous for their major storehouses of Vitamin A, which protects the skin from ultraviolet rays from the sun. This yellow fruit tastes so good that people often forget how nutritious they are.  Since they are high in fiber, Vitamin C, and pectin, they help to lower cholesterol. One cup of sliced mangos will provide you with 25% of the needed daily value of Vitamin A, which also promotes good eyesight and prevents dry eyes. This exotic fruit is also rich in antioxidant compounds called carotenoids, which have been said to aid in the battle of cancer.

You can enjoy mangos on their own for a snack or for breakfast. They’re also great in dishes like this Mango Sorbet With Banana and Pineapple, Cuban Black Bean Mango Bowl, Raw Mango Coconut Basil Wrap, or these Mango Dim Sum Pudding and Sweet Mango Chili Lime Pizza! The mango-infused options are totally endless!

3. LemonsPaleo Cranberry Lemon Bites

Lemons have anti-bacterial property; they are also rich in vitamin C and citric acid. When applied or consumed, whether in food or in water, they make the skin softer and brighter. Lemons also contain flavonoids, which are composites that contain antioxidant and cancer-fighting properties. It helps prevent diabetes, constipation, high blood pressure, fever, indigestion, as well as improve the skin, hair, and teeth.

You can mix it into your water in the morning for a refreshing, awakening drink or you can add it to any of these amazing recipes. It tastes great in breakfast options like these Fluffy Lemon Waffles, Lemon Blueberry Oatcakes and in desserts like this Raw Carrot Cake with Cashew Lemon Frosting, this Creamy Lemon Raspberry Slice or as pictured above, these little Paleo Cranberry Lemon Bites. The dinner options are also endless; try a Lemon ‘Parmesan’ Pasta or a Lemon Lentil Turnip Soup.

4. PineapplesPico Pineapple Potato Pancakes

You may be surprised to learn that pineapples have more going for them than just their sweet, tangy taste. Get ready for a mouthful; Pineapples are a storehouse of several different health benefits due to its wealth of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals, including potassium, copper, manganese, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, beta-carotene, thiamin, vitamin B6, and folate, and bromelain, as well as soluble and insoluble fiber. Yeah, wow. Pineapples help to reduce the inflammation that comes with arthritis and speeds up the healing of wounds due to its creation of collagen.

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There are so many ways to enjoy pineapples but some of our favorite recipes are in heavier meal ideas. Try these Pico Pineapple Potato Pancakes and this Pineapple and Cashew Stir Fry with Caramelized Tofu recipe. If you want something sweet, this Easy Pineapple Cake with Whipped Coconut Cream. and these Creamy Pina Colada Bars will definitely satisfy.

5. KiwiThai Seared Tofu With Kiwi

Green kiwi’s aren’t the only kiwis around. Actually, gold kiwi packs more of a health benefit punch than you’d think. This tropical fruit has 3x the amount of Vitamin C than other citrus fruits, and it has a great sweet yet sour taste that gets people hooked. The high fiber content helps the metabolism, especially with old age. Gold kiwi also boosts the immune system and reduces fatigue.

You can enjoy quite a few recipes with this magical little yellow fruit. We love this Thai Seared Tofu With Kiwi recipe and this Arugula, Kiwi and Fennel Salad for a light lunch. They’re also great for warm-weather outdoor activities when made into a Kiwi Spinach Popsicle.

Vegetables:

1. Squashyellow vegetables squash recipes

The delectable recipes are as equal as the health benefits in yellow squash. Yellow varieties of squash provide tons of health benefits. They’re rich in vitamins A, B6, and C, fiber, phosphorus, and potassium. It’s also rich in manganese, which is a mineral that helps boost bone strength and the body’s ability to process carbs and fat. Did we mention that it’s incredibly tasty in literally everything?

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Not familiar with squash as an ingredient? Squash is versatile, so don’t be afraid to experiment in the kitchen — have this Sesame-Roasted Maple Chipotle Delicata Squash for a quick meal, this Butternut Squash and White Bean Risotto for lunch and this Zucchini and Butternut Squash Casserole for dinner. Looking for a snack? This Cinnamon Spice Spaghetti Squash Cake will do.

2. Yellow Peppers

 

Did you know that technically, yellow peppers are a fruit but we eat them and they taste like a vegetable? Let’s just continue rolling with it. Mainly made up of water, this bright veggie/fruit is hydrating with a small amount of fat. Yellow peppers are a great source of fiber and antioxidants. They also have folate, which is a substance that supports red blood cell functions. Like other yellow foods, they have loads of vitamin C.

If you’re looking to include more peppers into your diet, try having these Stuffed Peppers With Vegetables, Wild Rice and Lemongrass and this Creamy Plantain Stew. For dinner tonight, opt for this Eggplant and Bell Pepper Caponata. Need something to dip your pita chips in? This Smoky White Bean And Roasted Yellow Pepper Hummus makes for the perfect snack.

3. Potatoes

Potatoes aren’t only comfort food, but they’re also very, very good for you. Of course, when they’re prepared with vegan recipes they’re even better. One of the best things about potatoes is how filling they are without being high in fat or calories. They’re also full of nutrients including vitamins C and B6, niacin, pantothenic acid, manganese, and phosphorus. Phosphorus is essential for the body to function, as it helps structure cell membranes.

If you want to enjoy all the benefits of yellow potatoes, try these Bombay Potatoes And Peas for lunch or dinner. This Spicy Tumeric Twice-Baked recipe will leave you dying for more while these Sage and Almond Pesto Potato Salad will leave you satisfied. Smashed Baked Potatoes With Miso Gravy and these Pesto Garlic Scape Roasted Potatoes will surely be the talk amongst your friend group after a gathering.

 

4. PumpkinPumpkin and Kale Steel-Cut Oatmeal With Sausage

A single cup of cooked pumpkin has more than 200% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin A. Vitamin A is great for the body as it keeps vision sharp and clear. It also contains lots of vitamin C, which we now know boosts your immune system and wards off colds, as well as bad skin. Yellow Pumpkin is stuffed with phytoestrogens, which is helpful for stopping hypertension! It’s also a much-overlooked source of fiber, which aids in weight loss. It’s also quite delicious.

You can roast pumpkin on its own or have it for breakfast with this Pumpkin and Kale Steel Cut Oatmeal recipe. Pumpkin can also be enjoyed for lunch and dinner with this Pumpkin Ravioli in White Wine Butter Sage Sauce, or this Thai Pumpkin Coconut Curry. For a light meal, opt for this Oil-Free Pumpkin Curry Soup or this French Homemade Pumpkin Pasta.

5. Beans

These yellow legumes contain a whole lotta cancer-fighting, natural plant chemicals, included isoflavones and phytosterols. Both which block cholesterol absorption which reduces levels. They can help control PMS, reduce cancer, give you all the vitamin K you’ll need to keep your joint movements fluid. They can also replace other popular beans in a variety of meals.

To include them in your everyday diet, try this Italian Yellow Flatbean with Olive Oil, Garlic, and Tomatoes recipes or a West African Peanut Stew. A Hearty 15-Bean and Vegetable Soup will make for a fantastic lunch while this Spring Vegetable Paella makes a great dinner option.

We recommend downloading the Food Monster App. For those that don’t have it, it’s a brilliant food app where you can find more yellow fruits and vegetables, available for both Android and iPhone and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. It’s a great resource for anyone looking to eat healthier, cut out or reduce allergens like meat, dairy, soy, gluten, eggs, grains, and find more awesome recipes, cooking tips, articles, product recommendations and how-tos. 

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