Stay Healthy By Eating These Fall Super Foods
Fall is rapidly approaching. And, as much as we like to focus on the cool, crisp weather and indulge in pumpkin lattes, we also need to think about staying healthy during the dreaded flu season.
Along with exercise, food choice is also a key ingredient when maintaining your health during the Fall season. Luckily, there are many 'cool crop' options out there, that not only taste delicious, but will maximize your health. So, head on out to your local farmers market or grocery store and stock up on these Fall favorites.
Here is a list of our top favorite Fall Super Foods:
1) Apples: They are chalk full of antioxidants and there are numerous varieties of apples available during the Fall. Whether you like a sweet apples, mild, or tart, there is an apple out there for you. There are countless ways to enjoy apples, from adding them to muffins, pies, tarts, or cakes. Even chopped up in oatmeal or baked, they're delicious. And, don't forget, how good it tastes to bite into a plain crisp apple without any added ingredients. Just remember to wash it well and eat the skin for extra fiber.
2) Brussels Sprouts: Known for being a bit of a bitter vegetable, if they are cooked correctly, brussels sprouts can be a very enjoyable vegetable. Try roasting these veggies in the oven with some olive oil, salt and pepper. And, if you're inclined, toss in a little balsamic vinegar as well. You won't be disappointed at what the finished product is and on top of it, you're getting a heaping serving of Folate, Iron, and Vitamin K.
3) Carrots: Purple, yellow, red, white and of course orange - there is an array of carrots to choose from. Try slicing them in half and roasting them with olive oil, salt, pepper, and thyme to bring out their sweetness. These colorful super foods contain Vitamin A, are said to improve vision, prevent heart disease and promote healthier skin.
4) Pears: Don't underestimate the power of the pear. Sweet and juicy, it's great as a snack on its own and can be baked or grilled to bring out their natural sweetness. The pear also packs a punch of Vitamin C and Fiber.
5) Golden Beets: An excellent source of Folate, Potassium, Fiber, and Vitamin C, this vegetable is not as intimidating as it looks. Simply cut off its leafy tops, spray with olive oil, wrap in aluminum foil, and bake in the oven or grill for 45 minutes, cool and remove the skin and you have yourself a powerhouse vegetable that tastes like you are eating dessert.
6) Cauliflower: This somewhat nutty tasting vegetable is the perfect Fall side dish. Packed with Vitamin C and K, blend this vegetable to a mashed potato consistency, roast it in the oven, or even puree it into a soup to bring out its sweet flavor. Cauliflower has also been said to have compounds that might prevent cancer.
7) Squash: This popular Fall food contains Omega-3 fatty Acids and is an excellent source of Vitamin A. Roast your squash and add some cinnamon to make this sweet food, even sweeter.
8) Pumpkin- More than just jack-o-lanterns and pumpkin pies, this super food, rich in Potassium and Vitamin B, can be used in a variety of ways. Think, muffins, cakes, and puddings. But, pumpkin isn't just for dessert. Mix it in with oatmeal or use it as a base for a smoothie. Or, you can your roast pumpkin seeds, which are great for heart health.
9) Sweet Potatoes: Whether you roast it, bake it, or make it into a casserole, sweet potatoes flaunts several health benefits, including being a good source of Iron and Vitamin A and boasts anti-inflammatory benefits.
10) Pomegranates: This slightly sour fruit is powerhouse of antioxidants. Whether you are drinking pomegranate juice, eating it as it, or adding its seeds to salads, your are going to get a generous amount of Vitamin C and Folate.