When someone mentions eating seasonally, you might instantly think of pumpkin spice lattes or Halloween candy. After all, autumn has arrived! But autumn brings more than sugary treats and cool-weather comfort foods. If you pay attention to your local farmer’s market, you can find plenty of seasonal treats that are both delicious and healthy.
Squash and pumpkins. These seasonal veggies are packed with vitamins A and C, and many carry a naturally sweet flavor that is delicious in soups. Try roasting them and tossing with pecans, or add chunks to a salad. Experiment with varieties like butternut, acorn, and delicata to discover your favorites.
Grapes. No, we don’t mean the ones that are fermented and bring a smile to your face (although a small glass of wine is usually an acceptable part of a healthy diet)! You can reap the same benefits from their antioxidants by munching on handfuls when you need a quick snack.
Pears. Pears hit the peak of their season in October, so they’ll be perfectly ripe and sweet right now. White-fleshed fruits might reduce your risk of stroke, according to one study. They’re also packed with fiber, and make a delicious addition to salads.
Mushrooms. Many varieties of mushrooms hit their peak in the fall. Since they’re packed with B vitamins, potassium, and minerals like selenium and copper, slice and toss them into soups, salads, and stir-frys to pack a bit more nutritional punch to your meals.
Brussels sprouts. Brussels sprouts are a common cool-weather crop, so they’re plentiful and often lower-priced in the fall. They contain fiber, folate, and phytonutrients that help to fight cancer. Slice them, then saute in just a bit of olive oil. You can also experiment with adding flavors like balsamic vinegar, bacon crumbles, or crushed walnuts.
These ideas should help liven up your fall menu. But as always, contact us if you have any questions about your weight loss diet or nutrition in general.