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    Fall is a wonderful time of year to get outdoors and observe the changes Mother Nature is treating us to.  Cooler temperatures, changing colors and falling leaves provides a beautiful backdrop. It is the perfect time to grab a jacket and head out to local orchards and farmers markets to enjoy the healthful treasures the fall harvest provides.

    There are a wide variety of nutritious and budget friendly fresh fruits and vegetables in season.  Some of the choices you will find include:

Fruits:  

 Apples-loaded with vitamin C.  A wide variety of apples are available this time of year.  They are perfect for a snack and delicious spiced up and baked in the oven.

 fruits and vegeatable in an outdoor marketPears-are a great source of fiber and vitamin C and contain only 100 calories per serving.  

Pomegranates-full of antioxidants (which help prevent cancer and heart disease,) vitamin C, potassium and fiber.  Pomegranates are great on salads or in shakes and smoothies.

Cranberries-one of the best choices for antioxidants. Cranberries come in a variety of forms like juice, dried, sauce & fresh.

Vegetables:

Squash-high in vitamins A & C and full of fiber.  Squash can be prepared in a variety of ways and is a delicious addition to any meal.

Pumpkins-full of antioxidants, vitamin A and fiber.  Pumpkin is great for cooking and baking and roasted pumpkins seeds contain anti-inflammatory properties and are a great on the go snack.

Beets-high in folate and potassium.  Beets are also full of antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties.  Great steamed and peeled as a side dish or in salads.

Cauliflower-rich in vitamin C, vitamin K and fiber, cauliflower is a great choice for eating.  Enjoy it raw or steamed to reap the most nutritional benefit from it.

Parsnips-this root vegetable is a great source of vitamins C & K.  Great in soup, or drizzled with olive oil and roasted with other root vegetables.

Sweet Potatoes-high in vitamins A& C and rich in fiber.  For the most nutritional benefit it is best to steam or boil.  Also contains anti-inflammatory properties.  Delicious and nutritious.

 

Click here to find local orchards and farmers markets in your area.

 

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