Well, the fall season is coming upon us with its brisk cool airs, football games on TV, hot apple pies in the oven and taking the kids to practice. It also brings back many good memories of all of us piling into the van and heading to the local farmers market with its autumn fields filled with wonderfully large orange pumpkins to roam through while choosing the best one. Or perhaps visiting the same markets apple orchard and climbing the trees while chewing on a juicy sweet piece of apple. Fall produce is one of the best produce of the year and the nutritional benefits can stand toe to toe with the best apple cider, pumpkin pie and mashed potatoes and will provide your body with essential nutrients to get prepare you for those cold days of winter around the corner.
The following are some of the best veggies and fruits to add to your menu and diet this fall:
Potatoes: these are great as they can be stored safely and the best varieties are harvested in the fall. It contains vitamins and minerals, as well as an assortment of phytochemicals, such as carotene’s and natural phenols.
Pumpkin: This is the most common of winter squash and is rich in anti-oxidant
Pumpkin is incredibly rich in vital anti-oxidants and vitamins. This humble backyard vegetable is very low in calories yet good source of vitamin A, flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants like carotene’s.
Apple: Delicious and crunchy it is one of the most popular fruits and favorite of health conscious people,This wonderful fruit is packed with rich phyto-nutrients that are great for optimal health. The antioxidants in apple have many health promoting and disease prevention properties. These are mostly harvested late summer through the fall.
Beets are highly nutritious and great for your heart as a friendly root vegetable. Particularly unique pigment antioxidants in the root as well as in its top greens offer protection against coronary artery disease and stroke lower cholesterol levels within the body, and have wonderful anti-aging effects.
Carrots are harvested year-round in temperate areas with unusual varieties are harvested during the carrot’s natural season, which is late summer and fall. Baby carrots are available in the spring and early summer. Locally grown carrots are often available from storage through early winter even in colder climates.
Garlic is at its sweetest and plumpliest during the fall and has been recognized in almost all of the cultures for its medicinal as well as culinary properties. This great herbal plant, grown for its underground bulb (root), contains many health promoting phyto-nutrient substances that have powerful benefits against coronary artery diseases, cancers and infections.
Spinach his food is low in Saturated Fat, and very low in Cholesterol. It is also a good source of Niacin and Zinc, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber.
Now you can get a heads start on your fall menus and add a taste of the season to all your meals.