Fall-ing for You

By : | | On : October 7, 2017 | Category : Food & Health, Healthy Living

A list of the best fruits and vegetables to enjoy this Fall!

1. Squash

These beautiful members of the gourd family are so versatile. Bake them, cook them, roast them. You can do just about anything with them. The benefits of eating squash range from a boost into your immune system to helping improve blood circulation. I often cook with the kabocha, butternut squash, and spaghetti squash. They all have different health benefits that range from vitamin A and C, iron, riboflavin. Squash can help decrease the risk of heart diseases. They’re high in antioxidants and great fiber source.

2. Apples

Apples are enjoyed all year long, but there’s something mouthwatering about biting into a crunchy apple in the fall. It’s also pie season! I love a good apple pie. When the cinnamon and brown sugar come together, it’s like the call of fall. Apple is a great source of fiber and vitamin C. You may be surprised to learn but the apple skin has the most nutrients. I actually prefer eating my apple with the skin on. My favorite is the Fuji apple, it’s crunchy and sweetly tart. 

3. Pears

Korean pears, bartlett pears, D’Anjou pears, so many pears to pick from. Pears are very high in fiber, potassium, Vitamin K, copper and Vitamin C. Trying to remedy a cold? Try steamed pears. I learned a trick from a family member to steam pears with rock sugar to help with a sore throat or cough. Have a little sick one? You can try this for your little ones who are eating solids. Make sure to blend and strain for them to eat. 

4. Sweet Potatoes

Roast these over an open fire or in the oven and enjoy all the sweet deliciousness. There’s something about breaking apart a steamy sweet potato and inhaling that scent. These sweetlings are a great source of vitamin A and C, fiber, copper, potassium, vitamin B1, B2, and B6. Packed with amazing vitamins and nutrients, add this to your pantry.

5. Pumpkin

You may be thinking pumpkin = pumpkin pie or Halloween. This orange gourd is more than that. It’s good for the heart. Pumpkin contains fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. Try pumpkin soup or roasting pumpkins as an alternative to croutons. I’ve seen recipes for pumpkin risotto and pumpkin ravioli. Give this one a try!

6. Pomegranates

They may leave your fingers a little red after eating them, but they’re deliciously addicting. They’re also loaded with many beneficial properties. A great source of vitamin A, C, E and folic acid. They contain a high amount of antioxidants which is great for your body. They’ll help combat those bad cholesterol and can keep your skin healthy. I’ve read benefits for dental issues, anemia, diabetes, stomach-related, and heart. It’s a little on the tart side, but give this fruit a try. Try them in a salad or mix into other juices. 

7. Brussels Sprout

It’s a love/hate with this one. I’ve seen some absolutely enjoy this member of the cabbage family while others detest it to the core. Putting how you feel about these baby cabbages, they’re actually filled with many healthy benefits. They’re an excellent source of Vitamin C and K. They contain your dietary fiber, potassium, folate, manganese, copper, phosphorus and even omega-3 fatty acids. It may take a few recipes to enjoy, but don’t completely kick it off your list.

8. Figs

Oh, bring us some figgy pudding.. Figs are a great source of fiber, many essential minerals as well as vitamins B6 and K. Figs have magnesium, manganese, calcium, potassium, and cooper.  Try cooking with them in oatmeal or have some fig jam on toast, They also sell dried figs to snack on.

9. Kale

Kale chips, kale in your juice or smoothie. Kale madness galore. These leafy greens are loaded in benefits for the body. Kale has vitamins A, C, K and is high in fiber. Some even consider it a superfood. Kale is a great way to get in your antioxidants and it makes the heart happy. Try them out!

10. Cranberries

I personally really like cranberries. It’s a nice balance of tart and sweetness. If you’ve ever had a UTI, you may have heard that you need to drink cranberry juice. It helps lower the risk of contracting it. Cranberries are a great source of vitamin C, E, and K. They also have dietary fibers, copper, and manganese. Cranberry juice too tarty? Try dried cranberries! They’re a great snack. 

Hopefully you’ll try these out this fall and add them to your menu! Enjoy and live healthy.

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