Fall brings back many seasonal milestones like fall TV, festive celebrations, and a plethora of comfort meals to enjoy. Best of all, numerous superfoods are back in season to help step up your nutrition game. Include these six super fruits and vegetables into your fall diet for a way to feel refined and refreshed.
1. Sweet Potatoes
What’s great about sweet potatoes is that you can enjoy them in a variety of delicious ways. In the morning throw some sweet potato chunks into a frittata or breakfast hash, or explore the endless opportunities that sweet potato toast has to offer. If you have a craving for salty snacks, toss some sweet potatoes in the oven for a healthier version of fries and chips. Plus, sweet potatoes are high in vitamins A and C, so you can reap the nutritional rewards during breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Apples are a classic fall staple. Apple picking is a great autumn activity and the combination of apples and cinnamon is so quintessentially fall. Apples are high in flavonoids, which aid in the treatment and prevention of cancer, asthma, and cardiovascular disease. Additionally, apples are a healthy source of fiber which can help satisfy hunger. Pair with brie for a savory-sweet treat, or embrace the season with baked cinnamon apples.
3. Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts can get a bad rap, but when made properly are appetizing, healthy, and an easy way of looking like a foodie. They are rich in nutrients, containing vitamins A, C, and K, and low in calories. Brussels sprouts also assist the body’s detox system and support cancer prevention. A simple way of incorporating these veggies into your diet is by shaving the sprouts over salads. Brussels sprouts also make a great side dish, especially when roasted in the oven with olive oil, salt, balsamic vinegar, and pepper.
Grapes contain a high amount of resveratrol, which are linked to brain and heart health. To curb a sweet craving, freeze some grapes and throw into a blender to create homemade grape sorbet. If you’re wanting to take a savory route, mix some seedless grapes into chicken salad for a quick and easy lunch option.
The possibilities with cauliflower are endless and an uncomplicated way to substitute your favorite dishes with a healthier choice. Trends like cauliflower pizza, rice and “mashed potatoes” have made it easier to add this vegetable into your food routine. Cauliflower is a good source of vitamin C, making these guilt-free alternatives of food favorites that much better.
At first glance, pomegranates can be an intimidating fruit – the skin is thick and there is the risk of staining your fingers red. However, once you get the hang of harvesting the seeds, this flavorful fruit to enhances dishes and promotes wellness. High in antioxidants and vitamin C, pomegranates help prevent inflammation, arthritis and other diseases. They also make great salad additions, adding a hint of sweetness and a pop of color. For a more treat yourself option, lounge on the couch with a glass of wine, some fall TV shows and yogurt bark with pomegranate seeds and dark chocolate.