It’s fall, which means there is so much delicious produce now in season and tasting better than ever. Take advantage of your local farmers markets to snag these super foods for nutritious meals all season long.
Pumpkins are a no brainer for in season foods this month. You may think of them more as a blank canvas to paint and carve but did you know that pumpkins are loaded with the antioxidant beta-carotene? A diet rich in foods containing beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and offers protect against heart disease. Pumpkin is low in calories and great for cooking and baking. Another great way to enjoy pumpkin is after carving it out take all the seeds and bake them in the oven with some seasoning for a nutritious snack.
There is something about biting into a crunchy fall apple. There is a reason they say “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, they offer a large amount of fiber, which will help you feel full longer. Along with fiber apples also contain vitamin c, and at only 80 calories for each medium sized apple they make a great portable and easy snack. If an apple seems too boring try dipping slices in Greek yogurt with a dash of cinnamon or dicing one up to top your morning bowl of oatmeal.
Much like pumpkins, sweet potatoes contain an enormous amount of beta-carotene. A 1-cup serving of sweet potatoes contains 65% of the minimum necessary daily amount of Vitamin C. Did you know, sweet potatoes are great for your skin too? The vitamin A and beta-carotene content helps fight skin aging. Feeling sore from your workout? Sweet potatoes can actually help fight muscle fatigue due to their potassium content. Try baking a sweet potatoes and then drizzling honey and cinnamon for a tasty side dish to your dinners. If you’re a french fry fanatic, instead of regular potatoes, choose sweet potatoes and bake them instead of frying to slash calories.
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