As temperature begins to drop, most of us let go of our healthy eating habits, and turn to fattening fall foods instead –sugar-loaded pumpkin pie pudding,rich butter-topped stuffing, Halloween candy, and mugs over mugs of hot chocolate, to name just a few.
But there’s no reason fall foods have to be unhealthy. In fact, the autumn months are the harvest period for some of the healthiest superfoods in existence.
Here are five of these fabulous foods for fall that you should be incorporating into your diet for a healthier, heartier and happier life.
‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ is never truer than it is in autumn, the season when apples abound. This fall fruit is loaded with quercetin, a flavonoid that fights the cold and flu viruses so common in the months leading up to winter. Quercetin also supports respiratory health, balances blood pressure, and builds up a healthier heart.
This root vegetable is a great fall food for those of us looking to shed extra weight. Rutabaga is rich in fiber, and half a cup of the veg will leave you feeling full enough to skip the overeating for good.
While available all year, Brussel sprouts are at their very best in the autumn, since their peak growing season stretches from fall till winter’s end. Half a cup of Brussel sprouts contains more than your minimum daily requirement of Vitamins K and C – and just 28 calories!
Cauliflowers are best in late summer and through autumn – so if you’ve ignored this superfood so far, now is the time to incorporate it into your diet. Cauliflower is seen as a cancer-fighter; considered to help in the prevention of bladder, colon, prostrate, ovarian and breast cancers. It is also a great way to detox, with the glucosinolates and thiocyanates to help the liver neutralize toxic substances.
Harvested from September to December, the vibrant Pomegranate is the quintessential fall food – its power-packed mix of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants makes it autumn’s nutritional powerhouse. Its Vitamin C content strengthens the immune system and keeps the skin fresh, glowing and wrinkle-free.