Fall Breeze and Autumn Leaves!

Published by Laurie McLendon on

As the weather is changing and we welcome autumn, it may be tempting to toss healthy eating aside, especially during the holidays.  However, there are plenty of nutritious foods that are in season to prepare delicious fall meals. Apples, pears, squashes, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes are some great choices to consider.  

Here are some of our healthy fall favorite foods:

Apples and Pears

Both apples and pears are famous fall fruits full of nutrients.  Both apples and pears are high in fiber and a good source of potassium. Additionally, pears contain vitamin C, vitamin K, copper, and dietary fiber. Researchers from Harvard University found that for every 10 grams of fiber you eat, your risk for coronary heart disease drops by 14 percent—and fruit fiber was found to be especially protective!

Pumpkins and Squash

Pumpkin is nutrient-dense, high in fiber, rich in potassium and low in calories. Did you know that with just a single serving of pumpkin can provides provides more than 200% of daily intake of vitamin A?  Alongside pumpkin, winter squash is also packed with healthy fats, vitamins, and antioxidants. Adding fall seasonings like turmeric, clove, cinnamon, and ginger is a great way to prepare squash, and give it an extra healthy kick!

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes can be found mashed, baked, or whipped into a pie. They are a super food packed

with vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. In fact, sweet potatoes are likely healthier than regular potatoes, with a lower GI, more fiber, and larger amounts of beta carotene. Enjoying a sweet potato can also help reduce inflammation and contains just over 100 calories per serving.

What are some of your favorite fall fruits and vegetables?

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