Autumn is a great time to enhance your diet with healthy produce. You have a lot of choices for fall fruit, vegetables and other in-season products like nuts, seeds and mushrooms. Due to the wide selection of in-season vegetables and fruit, it’s easy to keep your diet varied and full of healthy fresh produce. Fall fruits are full of vitamins, flavonoids and minerals to help you keep your health as strong as possible.
However, autumn is not only a season of plenty when it comes to health food; it is also a season that can hold a few pitfalls for the diet conscious. Due to the diminishing daylight hours and cooler temperatures, you are likely to spend more time indoors. This can lead to a drop in your activity level. However, your calorie intake is prone to getting higher in autumn, since fall foods are denser in calories than their summer counterparts. The combination of the possible drop in your energy expenditure and the rise in your calorie intake can leave you prone to weight gain. Luckily, you can easily sidestep these threats by eating the right fall fruits and vegetables and keeping an eye on your portions.
Although cranberries are often associated with Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners, there are plenty of reasons to use these little round health bombs on a more regular basis. Cranberries are low in calories, full of fiber and a great source of vitamin C. To top it all off, cranberries contain proanthocyanidin, which helps you keep your urinary tract healthy.
Most citrus fruit is in season in fall, and so is grapefruit. Grapefruit is a great diet choice, since it is high in water and low in calories. Grapefruit is rich in vitamin C, potassium and fiber and contains very little sodium. Scientific studies have shown that if you eat grapefruit regularly, you burn more fat.
Not only are apples just plain delicious in autumn, but they are also a great diet food. Even though they can be slightly on the high side in calories if they are a sweet variety, you should not shy away from apples in fall. Apples are a good source of vitamin C, fiber and a range of flavonoids that promote your health. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” isn’t just an old saying; apples help you prevent Alzheimer’s, cancer and high cholesterol.
Broccoli is widely known as a super food these days, and for good reason. It is rich in iron, calcium, B vitamins and C, potassium and a range of other essential nutrients. Broccoli has been linked to slowing down or preventing cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, diabetes and aging.
Fall is the season for nuts, and walnuts are a great choice. Walnuts are a great source protein and omega 3 fatty acids. They are a good source of fiber, B vitamins, magnesium and Vitamin E. They help you prevent heart disease and benefit your vascular system. Part of this is explained by their lowering effect on your LDL cholesterol levels.