Fall Superfoods You’ll Love

By on October 1, 2015
Superfoods

Fall is coming. The leaves are slowly starting to change colors, there’s a bite to the morning air, and pumpkin spice has become the flavor and scent of pretty much everything. You’re ready to dive in and enjoy plenty of fantastic fall treats–but instead of grabbing pumpkin everything, you want to make sure you’re packing your diet full of the fall foods that will give you the greatest health benefits. There are plenty of great fall superfoods to choose from–and the great news is, you don’t have to walk away from the pumpkin just yet.

The Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkin is one of the best highlights of fall, and here’s even better news: a cup of pumpkin has just 49 calories, which means that you can mix it into anything you like for a treat packed full of Vitamin A. Pumpkin is also reach in dietary fiber, antioxidants, and other vitamins and minerals, making it the perfect treat of the season. You can mix it into baked goods to give them some added nutritional benefit or try out pumpkin soup, pumpkin butter, or a host of other pumpkin treats.

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Sweet Potatoes: Nature’s Finest Superfood

Sweet potatoes pack a nutrition punch that can’t be ignored. Sweet potatoes are chock full of beta-carotene and have been proven to help increase the levels of Vitamin A in your blood. Sweet potatoes are easier to prepare than many people think. Mashed sweet potatoes make a wonderful addition to any meal, or you can serve baked sweet potatoes with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Want to make the baking process easy? Wash your sweet potatoes well, but don’t dry them! Deposit them in your slow cooker and let them cook for 6-7 hours on low. When you pull them out, you’ll have baked sweet potatoes that are the perfect buttery consistency. Sweet potatoes also make a healthy emergency food: if you store them in a dark, cool area, they’ll last for a long time, making them the perfect fresh vegetable for emergency food storage.

An Apple a Day…

It’s apple season, and you know what that means! Apple pies, apple fritters, applesauce…if your favorite ways to enjoy this frequently consumed fruit involve adding more sugar than actual fruit, you probably need to reevaluate your apple consumption. On the other hand, apples themselves are naturally high in antioxidants and have around four grams of dietary fiber to help keep you feeling full longer. Try eating an apple whole, serving up apple slices with yogurt dip or peanut butter, or making applesauce with no added sugar–just a sprinkle of cinnamon for flavor.

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Pears: Nature’s High-Fiber Solution

Any parent of a young child knows that pairs are high in fiber and excellent aids when it comes time to clean things out. Their high fiber content isn’t just good for that, though! Pears are rich in Vitamin C and copper and are wonderful for your hair, skin, and digestive health. These lovely fruits are as good eaten raw as an apple, but you can also cut them up and cook them with a little butter and cinnamon for a warm treat that almost makes you forget that it isn’t dessert.

Are You Afraid of Brussels Sprouts?

 Many adults cringe away from the suggestion that they eat brussels sprouts. The health benefits of these veggies, however, make it well worth biting the bullet and checking them out. Prepare them with a savory or tangy sauce to create a vegetable dish that will surprise you with its tasty qualities. Still not convinced? Check out these superfood benefits: A serving of brussels sprouts offers 91% of a woman’s daily recommended intake of Vitamin K, 46.8 micrograms of folate, and 247 mg of potassium per serving.

As you’re preparing your shopping list this fall, be sure to add in a few of these superfoods to make sure you’re getting the best possible health benefits for yourself and your family. There are superfoods for every taste. Whether you’re embracing everything pumpkin or turning and running the other direction, try out a few superfoods this fall.

Dennis Hung is a business consultant and writer who is passionate about health technology trends and medical technology topics. 

 

 

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Fall Superfoods You’ll Love