26 Sep Fall Produce and Their Health Benefits
The change in seasons is often swift and dramatic. You can have the air conditioning on one day, and need heat the next. One place you often see a quick changeover is your grocery store, as the produce considered to be “in season” rotates. We’ve highlighted the top ten healthy food items for Fall and the health benefits of each to inspire your next meal.
Brussel Sprouts – Refused by kids for centuries, these vegetables have loads of Vitamin K and are a good source of folate and iron.
Cauliflower – This very versatile food is often used as a healthy substitute for potatoes. It can even help lower cholesterol.
Squash – A fall favorite that comes in many varieties; squash contains omega-3 fatty acids and lots of Vitamin A.
Pumpkin – While many may consider this a fruit, pumpkins are often treated like vegetables in cooking. They can be used in savory or sweet recipes and are rich in potassium, high in fiber, and a good source of Vitamin B.
Sweet Potatoes – The healthier alternative to white potatoes, these vegetables taste great roasted or pureed into soups. Sweet potatoes are a good source of iron, Vitamin A, and have anti-inflammatory benefits.
Apples – It’s a good thing most families celebrate fall by going apple picking. This fruit has a skin that contains heart-healthy flavonoids. Apples are also full of antioxidants and dietary fiber.
Grapefruit – This citrus contains more than 75% of your daily recommended dose of Vitamin C as well as cholesterol lowering pectin.
Tangerines – Bonus if you get them in your Christmas stocking, tangerines have lots of beta-carotene, a precursor of Vitamin A.
Pomegranate – Great for the juice and the seeds, this fruit has more antioxidants than red wine and provides lots of folate, which can help treat anemia.
Kiwi – A tropical fruit not often selected by the every-day shopper. They contain more vitamin C than an orange and are a good source of potassium and copper.