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:
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.
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.
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.
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