There’s a chill in the air! It’s time for hoodies and fire pits, and the beautiful fall foliage. It’s also a great time to take advantage of fall’s bounty of healthy fruits and veggies. Changing what you eat by switching to fruits and vegetables can have important health benefits. These fruits and veggies are ideal for natural health, and are typically in season during the fall.
One of the most popular fruits to use in the fall is the apple. Apples are readily available during the autumn season, plus they are often cheaper since they are in season. You can use apples for so many things, from apple pies for dessert to adding them to your salad. They also happen to be loaded with nutrients. They are an excellent source of
antioxidants, contain a lot of fiber, and help combat things like diabetes and heart disease.
Next up is pumpkin, which has become synonymous with fall over the years. Pumpkin is actually a winter squash, and although they make great Jack-o-lanterns, they are also good for your health. Whether you want to make a homemade pumpkin latte or go for a classic like pumpkin pie, you can find something you love with pumpkin in it. What you might not realize is that this is a vegetable that is really good for you. People are often surprised to learn that pumpkin is wonderful for cardiovascular health and contains B vitamins, plus high amounts of vitamin C. It is also a good way to increase your potassium and fiber during this time of year. Here’s a super simple recipe for some great-tasting pumpkin muffins.
Broccoli may not be your favorite vegetable of all time, but just wait until you see how good it is for you! This is a classic fall vegetable, and one that you should try to add to as many meals as you can. It is an excellent source of fiber, plus it also contains many vitamins and nutrients, including B6, B1, potassium, copper, and manganese. Broccoli has omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium, protein, and zinc. The list is practically endless when it comes to this green vegetable.
Cauliflower is often the companion to broccoli, and can help break up the flavor of the broccoli if you combine them. This is in season during the fall, but many places have it year-round. It is good for everyone, but especially if you are on a low-carb diet. It’s yummy steamed, can be blended to create a mashed potato-like texture or pureed into soup, and is even being used in pizza crusts. Cauliflower has fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, protein, vitamin K, vitamin B6, and many other nutrients that are good for you.
For more fall fruits, why not try some pears? Although, like many fruits and veggies, we can buy pears year-round, they are the most delicious in the fall when they’re at their peak. They taste great on their own, in salads, and in dishes that also have apples. Pears are easy to come by in the fall, and have a good amount of nutrients. You will get extra antioxidants, dietary fiber, and loads of minerals if you eat a serving of pears each day. Plus, they are very low calorie at just 58 calories for a medium-size pear.
These are just a few of the many fruits and vegetables that are in season during the fall months. Some of the others include….
- Brussels sprouts
- Sweet Potatoes
- Winter Squash
This list is far from exhaustive, but should be enough to get you started. Add these healthy fall foods to your diet and reap the health benefits.