Fall is here – and it’s a great time to take advantage of the healthy, hearty fall seasonal foods that are in abundance right now!! While summer may bring a bevy of fresh fruits and veggies, fall does too… and a lot of the fall seasonal foods offer up antioxidants, vitamins, fiber and more. So don’t let the cooler weather deter you from cooking – use this fall seasonal foods guide to bring health and an energy boost to your table – and try the healthy, delicious recipe suggestions available with my DeniseAustin.com membership!!
Apples. There is actually some truth to the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” – apples provide fiber to help you stay regular and feel full, and are a good source of vitamin C which can help keep your immune system healthy (especially important in fall and winter!). I use apples in all sorts of ways: As a substitute for crackers when eating cheese; to add crunch and sweetness to salads; and as a reliable snack – easy to take on the go! My 10-Week Eating Plan includes delicious apple recipes such as my delicious Apple-Date-Almond Muffin and Apple Maple Walnut Oatmeal – a perfect way to start the day!
Sweet Potatoes. These are a staple in my home. They are not only inexpensive, but a great source of natural antioxidants vitamins A and C, and a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth! Obviously many people use these for holiday meals, but I like them so much I created savory recipes in my 10-Week Plan that use sweet potatoes, like Twice Baked Sweet Potatoes, Caribbean Jerk-Spiced Pork Chops with Mashed Sweet Potatoes, and more. Family pleasing recipes that are filling and healthy – as they should be!
Cranberries. While cranberries are associated with the holidays, you can – and should! – eat them year round! But skip the canned cranberries with added sugars and opt for dried or fresh… making your own fresh cranberry sauce is easy and fun, and the smell in your home is divine!! I love this tart and sweet fruit, and add fresh, cooked cranberries to yogurt and cottage cheese, warm them up and slather onto toast, and even eat it as a dessert. When you buy fresh cranberries and make them yourself, you can measure the amount of sugar to your liking, and even add in some healthy spices like cinnamon (see more below on that!). The best part about cranberries is that they are so healthy, providing vitamin C, fiber, antioxidants and more.
Winter Squash. In the summer I love zucchini and yellow squash… and in the fall I trade those in for the seasonal butternut and spaghetti squashes (there are more varieties, but those two are my favorites – along with acorn squash!). Easy to make (I use spaghetti squash as a side in many of my 10-Week plan recipes), winter squash is so good for you: An excellent source of vitamins A and C as well as fiber, winter squash also provides antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. Go to your local farmers market and pick out a few and try them as a side – you won’t regret it!!
Spices. Fall is great time to load up on spices, too – these are some of my favorites that are warming and delicious!
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