It’s beginning to feel a lot like fall as of late. You can sense it just walking down the street. It’s the time of year when the land is covered with beautiful fallen leaves. The weather gets crisper and the food gets yummier. Jump into fall with us by looking a little bit deeper into these five healthy fall foods.
Ever have the chance to drive up to Oak Glen in California and go apple picking? If you haven’t, I highly recommend it. It is so fun walking around and grabbing fresh apples off trees to take home and bake pies with. Apples are a fall fruit that offers a great source of fiber, flavonoids, and antioxidants. Research says apples can keep your brain healthy, decrease your chances of having a stroke, lower your risk of diabetes and decrease your bad cholesterol count. A nice crisp apple is a perfect mid-day snack to revive you and they taste even better in a hot apple pie!
Pears are a “gift of the gods,” according to the Greek poet Homer and who could disagree? Certainly not me! Biting into a ripe pear is a positively delightful experience, not to mention the stimulating sweet taste it offers the taste buds. Pears contain antioxidants vitamins C and K, fiber and copper. They are fat-free and only run about 100 calories each. Research suggests eating pears regularly reduces the risk of cancer and diabetes. They keep your skin healthy and clean and decrease chances of obesity. Pears are delicious as a snack, chopped up in salads or paired with cheese!
Nearly every table is graced with beautiful, delicious cranberries during the holidays. Not only do they make your plate look colorfully festive but they taste so amazing with other holiday foods. Cranberries are considered a super food that only contains 45 calories in one cup. They are a great source of fiber, vitamin C, and are loaded with antioxidants. During the fall, you can purchase fresh cranberries at the store to add to your salads, muffins, cookies, nut mixes or simply have a side of them with your warm fall meals.
Pumpkins aren’t just for decorating your porch as jack-o-lanterns (although that may be the best way to show them off). Pumpkins contain vitamin A and beta-carotene, which help keep your eyes sharp and skin clear. Packed with fiber to help keep you full for longer periods of time, the seeds contain tryptophan which helps produce serotonin in your body, so they will keep you walking on the sunny side of the street! Pumpkin seeds also make a tasty afternoon snack. You can also make pumpkin bread, pie or muffins. There is even pumpkin beer now!
5. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are the perfect fall food to add to your meals. They are deep orange and will look quite lovely next to the cranberries on your plate. Sweet potatoes are filled with vitamin D, iron, magnesium, potassium, and beta-carotene. Research says that sweet potatoes help ward off cancer, aid in efficient kidney function, and support your immune system. Sweet potatoes also support healthy bones, skin, and teeth, as well as lift your mood! So order a side of sweet potato fries, or bake one up and sprinkle it with a little butter and cinnamon to celebrate fall!
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Fall is such a great season and filled with so many amazing tastes and smells, so embrace the season with us and head out to the store or farmers market and pick up some of these healthy fall foods!