Eating seasonally and healthy doesn’t need to be harder come fall, when favorite produce options fade from market shelves and farmer’s markets are no longer open. Although these foods may not be as familiar, the following 5 foods to eat this fall are highly nutritious, delicious, and plentiful this time of year.
- Pumpkin — Not only fall’s signature squash variety, but versatile enough to fit into many recipes and offer powerful healthy perks. A cup of cooked and mashed pumpkin contains more than 200% of your RDA of vitamin A which helps improve vision and is packed with fiber which helps you lose weight while still feeling full. When purchasing pumpkin for recipes choose a pie pumpkin. For those that are super busy organic canned pumpkin works just as well. Here’s a delicious, healthy and pumpkin cookie recipe to make!
- Brussels Sprouts — Brussels sprouts are in the same category as broccoli and cabbage. This group of veggies offers a unique composition of antioxidants that promotes good health. Brussels sprouts provide you with 20 essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin E, and B-vitamins. We recommend oven-roasting your brussels sprouts for maximum taste.
- Pears — Fresh organic pears are your healthiest choice, but some canned pears are also beneficial to your health. A medium-size pear contains roughly 25% of your recommended daily allowance of fiber. Fiber helps your body absorb the vitamins and minerals from your food and keeps your blood sugar stable. Pears are packed with vitamins such as vitamin C, vitamin K, and B-vitamins.
- Cauliflower — If brussel sprouts aren’t your thing and you’re tired of salads, step up your side-dishes with cauliflower. Cauliflower is packed with potassium, an essential dietary mineral. It also contains vitamin C which promotes skin and brain health, while keeping your immune system high! Riced cauliflower, either fresh or frozen, can be purchased in most stores. Use the riced cauliflower in any recipe you would normally use white or brown rice.
- Sweet potatoes — Sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest vegetables we eat, so why do many of us only eat them at Thanksgiving? A medium-size sweet potato contains more than your recommended daily requirement of vitamin A, nearly a third the vitamin C you need, almost 15% of your daily dietary fiber intake and 10% of the necessary potassium. The plentiful antioxidants found in sweet potatoes have anti-inflammatory properties, beneficial to those suffering from asthma or arthritis. Choose organically-grown sweet potatoes whenever possible and eat them with their skin. If organically grown aren’t an option, peel the skin before eating. Here’s a yummy recipe to try before your Thanksgiving meal!