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It’s that time of year again! The leaves are turning beautiful shades of vibrant colors and falling gracefully to the ground. We are starting to bundle up in our favorite comfy clothes as a chill fills the air. Best of all? It’s time for us to enjoy all the fabulous food that fall has to offer (hello pumpkin spice everything)! Did you know that some of your favorite festive foods are packed with nutrients to help you look and feel your best? If you are working hard to stay healthy this season, here are our top four favorite fall foods that you should incorporate into your diet!
Pumpkins aren’t only fun to put around the house as festive decorations, they actually offer our bodies beneficial nutrients! Right now, the grocery store shelves are full of pumpkin purée that you can add to a variety of recipes. You can add it to pumpkin bread, oatmeal, even smoothies! Not only does pumpkin purée add a fabulous flavor to your favorite meals, it is rich in vitamins and minerals while being low in calories. It’s a great source of beta-carotene which is a carotenoid our bodies need to convert into vitamin A. This means pumpkin can help to promote good eyesight…who doesn’t want that! Pumpkin also contains antioxidants which are perfect to keep us well during the upcoming cold and flu season. If you’re looking to curb your appetite, the soluble fiber found and pumpkin can help you feel full, assisting in kicking those junk food cravings to the curb. Last but not least, pumpkin has been shown to promote a healthy heart. So be sure to pick up some pumpkin purée the next time you are at the store!
Are you a fan of butternut squash? Have you ever sliced up and roasted Delicata squash as a tasty treat? Similar to pumpkins, winter squash is loaded with nutrients to promote wellness throughout our body. It is an excellent source of vitamin C which can help to promote beautiful, healthy skin. Winter squash also contains energizing B vitamins, making at the perfect food to eat before a workout! Winter squash is packed with potassium and magnesium to help promote heart health. Last but not least, winter squash contains vitamin E which helps protect against damaging free radicals in our bodies. Try adding butternut squash soup into your dinner routine or swap potatoes for acorn squash roasted in olive oil. Yum!
You know what they say, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away!” We love adding apples into our daily diet because they are so sweet, juicy, and nutritious! Right now, fall offers us an abundance of varieties to choose from. If you like something tangy and tarte, try Granny Smith apples! If you like more traditional flavors, go with Red Delicious. Apples are awesome for promoting good digestion because they are full of fiber. In fact, they contain pectin, a type of fiber that acts as a prebiotic. This means the fiber in apples helps to improve the functioning of the good bacteria that live inside of our gut. Apples also can help to stimulate metabolism in the digestive track while promoting these good bacteria to thrive.
Who doesn’t love biting into a soft, sweet and juicy pears? Pears give us the ultimate fall flavors as well as a variety of beneficial nutrients. Pears contain folate and niacin which are important for energy production (and who doesn’t need more energy this time of the year). They also contain vitamin A to help promote skin health and wound healing. Pears are also rich in minerals like copper and potassium to help promote heart health. They are also super important to help keep our immunity strong so we feel our best as we go through the colder months. Similar to apples, pears have been shown to promote healthy digestion because they are great sources of soluble and insoluble fiber. Last but not least? Pears have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Try eating a pear a day to help keep your body well throughout the fall season!
Now we want to hear from you! What is your all-time favorite fall food? Are you an apple addict? Do you eat pumpkin spice everything? Be sure to follow us on social media and tell share your favorite healthy fall recipes with us!
Written by Margaux J Rathbun