Top 6 Fall Superfoods to Keep Your Body and Mind Healthy
At QuickRXRefills, we see our fair share of individuals trying to get healthy, avoid that winter weight gain, and improve nutritional habits. Fall is a great time to embrace healthy changes, incorporate more vitamins into your diet, and feel better overall. There are plenty of foods that you can eat all year round which will pump your body full of healthy nutrients, but the fall harvest brings out new and fresh options you’re sure to be excited about.
1. Juicy Apples: Crisp apples, apple sauce, apple cider, and apple pie all scream fall, and they should because harvest season for apples falls between the end of August and November. This fall superfood is packed full of antioxidants, flavonoids, and 4-grams of dietary fiber per apple.
An apple a day may not always keep the doctor away, but it will certainly improve your health so you need visit him or her less. Try adding apples to your daily routine by dicing them and tossing them into a salad, adding them to the top of your steaming bowl of oatmeal, or eating them whole as a mid-afternoon snack. Apples make a great recess school snack for the kids too; slice them up with nut-free nut butter or yogurt for dipping.
2. Rutabaga: Making their grand appearance between October and April, rutabaga is a rich, hearty fall vegetable that makes a great addition to any stew or side dish. Rutabaga is part of the cabbage and turnip family, and they offer plenty of fiber and vitamin C.
Looking for a new side dish for Thanksgiving dinner this year? Try a hot garlic buttered rutabaga mash. It goes great with carrot and yams, and is sure to be a family favorite by the end of the season.
3. Winter Squash: You can find different kinds of squash just about all year round, but the thick-skinned sweetness of the winter squash is only available from October to February. Rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids, this legume is great for your heart and brain health. It can be eaten savory or sweet, so feel free to incorporate it into as many meals as possible.
Winter squash goes great in a stew with rutabaga, turnip, carrot, and chunks of roasted beef, or in a pie seasoned with nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar. Add some cooked, pureed winter squash to your fruit smoothie in the morning for a boost of much needed vitamin A and a kick of flavor.
4. Pumpkin: No fall favorite list would be complete without pumpkin, and there are so many to choose from. Those small pie pumpkins your mother used to bring home are full of sweet flesh and can be used for pie, cakes, muffins, and tarts. With nutmeg, cinnamon and a liberal topping of low-fat whipped cream, you can fulfill your potassium requirement for the day, and get more than 20% of your necessary fiber intake as well.
Pumpkin goes great as a savory dish, full of flavor and b-vitamins. Mash it, dice it into a stew, or serve it steamed to retain nutritional value.
5. Pomegranates: The red skin, and rich fleshy seeds may make you think of tropical paradise, but pomegranates come out to play from August to December. Full of antioxidants and vitamin C, you can fend off any impending colds during flu season by adding pomegranate to your list of daily fruits.
Pomegranate seeds go great in salads, dessert, or eaten on their own, and are an excellent source of folate, which is helpful for women who are pregnant and nursing. Load up on these sweet tart treats when they go on sale, because pomegranate prices can be higher than most other fall finds at the supermarket.
6. Tangerines: Many people associate oranges, orange juice, and citrus with summer, but tangerines are a winter fruit, harvested from November to April. Loaded with healthy vitamin C and beta carotene, tangerines make a great school snack for the kids, or as added flavor to any sweet or savory dish.
Use the zest of the tangerine to flavor creams, pies, and cakes, or blend the fleshy wedges into your morning smoothie for a burst of freshness you can’t get anywhere else.
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