Fall officially starts in 2 weeks, and with it comes some of the greatest fall foods and flavors. Pumpkin spice, anyone?! That said, sipping back on a sugary, artificially flavored latte from Starbucks reaps none of the health benefits that consuming the real deal gourds would. That said, there are many fruits and vegetables that are in season during fall that are packed with nutrients. Here are the top ones meant for picking this season!
They call autumn “apple picking season” for a reason! This fruit is a perfect juicy snack, for apples are loaded in vitamin C for strong immune system. They also are rich in fiber to help with digestion and gut health. Scientists also believe that apples have antioxidants that help reduce bad cholesterol and the risk for heart disease.
Artichokes might not seem like your go-to fall food, but this vegetable is teeming with antioxidants! They also help to promote probiotic growth, which consists of the good bacteria to help with digestion. Artichokes also help with fighting off diseases and infection, so you don’t catch the dreaded common cold this fall!
Beets contain several compounds like betalain and nitric oxide, both of which are important for heart health and improving your immune system. This root vegetable is particularly important for athletes wanting to improve their heart health! One study shows beet consumption helps to promote post-workout recovery and makes your heart work less intensely during exercise.
Pumpkin is not just for jack-o-lanterns and lattes! This gourd has lots of fiber to help you feel full and normalize your blood sugar throughout the day. Plus, it is very low calorie. If you don’t want to go through the process of boiling and gutting out the gourd, you can always opt for pumpkin filling (with no additives).
Many people think of cranberries in sauce form for the big Thanksgiving meal, but this fruit helps with reducing inflammation and muscle stiffness. They also have certain antioxidants that help with improving your circulation. Aim to pick the cranberries that don’t have lots of extra sugar in the ingredients. You are sure to have your healthiest (and tastiest) fall yet!
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