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10 of the Healthiest Fall Foods

Wednesday, 26 September 2018 15:47  by Anna B.

For many, fall is associated with warm apple pies seasoned with cinnamon or pumpkin spice anything, from lattes to muffins. Although these yummy concoctions may be okay in moderation, there is a bounty of other fall foods available that offer a bit more nutrition and that you are sure to love.

10 Healthy Foods to Try This Fall

Fall is the perfect season to enjoy a wide variety of produce. You can likely find some items on our list at your local grocery store all year round, but now is the time when they are at their optimal freshness — especially if you source them from a local farm or farmer's market. This autumn, be sure to add the following 10 healthy foods to your shopping list:

  1. Pumpkin: It's a cliché for a reason — fall and pumpkins go hand-in-hand. If you stay away from the pumpkin-inspired desserts, this squash is a low-calorie treat packed with healthy antioxidants and nutrients like vitamin A, zinc and fiber. Plus, there are tons of ways to enjoy this favorite orange crop, from pumpkin gnocchi to roasted pumpkin seeds.

  2. Apples: One apple has a whopping 20 percent of the fiber you need in a day. Plus, researchers have found that it has tons of benefits like boosting your immunity, promoting gut health, reducing blood pressure and even lowering the risk of cancer. In the autumn, there are tons of apple varieties that aren't available at other times of the year.

  3. Artichokes: Canned artichokes will never compare to the fresh and flavorful options available every fall. They're full of disease-fighting antioxidants, which are important when the fall cold and flu season comes calling. Plus, roasted artichokes packed with flavorful seasonings is a treat that will keep you coming back for more.

  4. Pomegranates: Pomegranates are full of antioxidants. Although getting at those delicious red seeds requires a little effort, it's worth the work — of course, you can also find just the seeds or even pomegranate juice at the store.

  5. Chestnuts: You don't have to wait until winter to get some chestnuts roasting on the open fire. These cold weather nuts offer a rich flavor while still remaining lower in fat and calories than other nuts.

  6. Brussels Sprouts: Often compared to miniature cabbage, Brussels sprouts have never been appreciated as they should. However, more and more people are discovering that with a bit of seasoning and some roasting, Brussels sprouts are not only a delicious side dish, but they also provide natural detoxification properties for your body.

  7. Carrots: The best, most flavorful carrots hit the shelves at the end of summer and continue throughout the fall season. You probably already know that this root vegetable contributes to eye health, but it also has cancer-fighting and cardiovascular benefits as well. Eat them raw or cook them up in a delicious fall bisque.

  8. Sweet Potatoes: These naturally sweet spuds will probably make you feel like you're indulging, but thankfully, sweet potatoes are full of things that are good for your body. Vitamins, fiber, nutrients — sweet potatoes have a healthy dose of all of these. Plus, there are hundreds of different recipes to try, so you'll never run out of new creations.

  9. Cranberries: You don't have to wait until Thanksgiving for this tart snack. Their anti-inflammatory properties aid with hypertension, arterial stiffness and more. Plus, you can enjoy them juiced, dried and in your morning oatmeal. They're even great as a complement to a savory meat dish.

  10. Persimmons: Chances are you've never tried a persimmon before. These are small, orange fruits resembling tomatoes, but they have a honey flavor you won't forget. You can eat them whole or add them to your parfait or salad. They have antioxidants, vitamins and even more fiber than the trusty apple.

Whatever foods you decide to indulge in this fall, these nutrient-packed options will help keep your body happy and healthy.

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