There’s no time quite like the fall for enjoying bountiful produce. Even as we reach the end of sweet fruits and summer vegetables, the harvest arrives, bringing with it a wealth of nutrients, ripe for the eating. This autumn, take advantage of this rich harvest by packing your diet with fall superfoods.
- Got gourds? You may not realize it, but pumpkins, butternut squash, and other winter squashes are loaded with beta carotene and other nutrients. Try pumpkin or butternut squash soup, or serve up some spaghetti squash with your favorite pasta sauce, for a light and nutritious meal. Don’t discard your pumpkin seeds; they’re high in protein and full magnesium and iron.
- Eat your greens! Winter greens like kale and Swiss chard are packed with nutrition, and contain not only beta carotene, vitamins E and C, and folate, but also calcium and magnesium for strong bones, and lutein, which helps protect your eyesight against cataracts and macular degeneration.
- Pomegranates are worth the effort. It takes a certain knack to get all those luscious little bites of seeds out of a pomegranate without making a mess, but once you do, you’ll reap the benefits of antioxidants that reduce inflammation, and may help you fight illnesses like heart disease and cancer.
- Ward off colds with foods rich in vitamin C. Grapefruits, tangerines, and other citrus fruits are delicious in the fall, and full of important nutrients like vitamin C. What you may not realize, however, is that bell peppers are also vitamin C powerhouses. In fact, a red bell pepper can have as much as three times the vitamin C found in an orange, and beta carotene, too!
- Toss in some tomatoes. Is there anything more versatile than a tomato? They’re delicious raw, and contain vitamins A, C, E, and potassium. They’re even more powerful when cooked, though, so eat plenty of tomato paste and sauce, for heart-healthy lycopene.
- Get back to your roots. Root vegetables, like carrots, rutabagas, turnips, beets, and sweet potatoes, are succulent, colorful, and high in nutritional value. Indulge in these tasty veggies to get plenty of folate, vitamin C and magnesium.
Especially because holiday eating is right around the corner, fall is a great time to focus on eating real, wholesome food, full of the nutrients your body needs to function at its best. At our clinic, we offer our patients nutritional counseling, in order to help them take charge of their health, and live their best lives. Call today for a free consultation