Fall is the favorite season for many people for lots of reasons — falling leaves, chilly nights, cozy sweaters, apple picking and of course, Thanksgiving. But the true essence of fall is really in its beautiful fresh produce that is packed with tons of flavor and nutrition.
Fall actually brings with it some of the most powerful super foods that we should be consuming in our diets. Here are five:
Though it seems quintessential, there is truly nothing like an in-season crisp apple. Packed with fiber and vitamin C, this fruit works wonders in weight and blood sugar control. Apples are also packed with dietary flavonoids, which have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Eat them raw, dip in almond butter, or bake into a crisp — anyway you choose will be delicious.
The beautiful magenta pomegranate seeds are loaded with antioxidants (they may even have more antioxidants than red wine!), and are also packed with vitamin C and folate. Pomegranate seeds are super fun to eat and can amp up the flavor and color profile of any boring dish.
Roasted pumpkin “meat” is a great source of fiber and vitamin A. It has a hearty, satisfying, and rich texture that can be used to add another dimension to green or grain salads. Roasted pumpkin seeds provide healthy fats and are a great fall snack option!
Most people either love them or hate them, but when prepared the correct way, brussels sprouts taste earthy and delicious. They not only pack a ton of fiber, but also folate, iron and vitamin K. Simply roast sprouts with some olive oil and salt/pepper for a delicious side dish, and if you want to get creative, toss in some pomegranate seeds just before serving for a pop of color!
Whether you eat it raw in a salad, sauté with olive oil and garlic, or drink it in a smoothie, kale is one of the healthiest foods you can eat because of its endless health benefits. It is rich in powerful antioxidants and fiber, loaded with calcium, iron, vitamins A , K and C, and is also considered to be an anti-inflammatory food. Need we say more?
Make sure to visit your local farmers market to get the best fall produce available or consider joining a CSA share, which is a fabulous way to get a variety of local, organic vegetables and/or fruit every week!