Healthy Fall Foods: What to Put in Your Basket

There are numerous fall food options in the supermarket that should keep you satisfied, happy and healthy throughout the season. The fresher the better so it’s a good thing that Fall is the perfect time to gobble up so many fruits and vegetables that are in season. Summer doesn’t hold the key to all good foods on the market, consider the following picks when fall season starts.

Apples

Apples are the ripest and most delicious during the fall season. They are full of fiber and have very little calories which make them a great snack any time of day. And because they are so versatile they are easy to incorporate into just about any meal. Apple pies and fritters are delicious desserts while stuffing, fish and even salads can be turned into delectable dishes with the use of apples.

Tomatoes

Rich in lycopene, tomatoes are well known for their high amount of antioxidants. Tomatoes may help to reduce the risk of heart disease and some cancers. Tomatoes even provide a high amount of potassium, and are best eaten after being cooked when the lycopene is most potent. Tomato sauces, ketchup and tomato based soups are all wonderful ways to incorporate these red jewels into your diet.

Ginger

Ginger can help put a little punch in anything from spaghetti sauce to sweet and sour spare ribs. It’s easily incorporated into sauces and salad dressings, and it offers plenty of health benefits to boot. A compound called gingerol is found in this food which is known to help lower blood pressure and improve your circulation.

Dark Leafy Greens

Spinach, chard and collard greens are perfect examples of good fall food options. These vegetables are known to help protect your eyes against macular degeneration. Beta carotene, calcium and vitamins A, C and E (the major antioxidants) can all be found in dark leafy greens. Incorporate these foods into your daily menu by adding them to salads, soups, stir fries and even homemade pizzas.

Pomegranates

The beautiful fruits aren’t only delicious, but they are packed full of health benefits. They are extremely high in essential antioxidants and they are known to help reduce inflammation caused by diseases like arthritis. They are even thought to help fight the onset of certain cancers and heart disease. Some studies even show links between pomegranates and stunting the growth of prostate cancer. You can eat them plain or mix them with other fruits to make a tasty and refreshing salad. Pomegranates can also be added to pastas and green beans dishes for a pop in flavor.

Pumpkins

Pumpkin pie might not be the healthiest fall food option on the menu this season, but there are plenty of ways pumpkin can be used in dishes to take advantage of their color, flavor and benefits. Rich in beta carotene, pumpkins are low in calories and high in fiber which makes them a good choice for the health conscious. Pumpkins are even known to help reverse the effects of again! Some fun ideas to consume this food are pumpkin seeds sprinkled on salads, pumpkin chunks mashed up with potatoes and sliced, broiled pumpkins with a dash of salt.

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