Fall is officially upon us, which means all that great produce we had in recent months is no longer so fresh and we move onto other foods. Fear not, there are plenty of healthy, delicious foods in season for fall. Here are a handful of the delicious, in season foods to enjoy this fall:
- Apples – Apples are such a quick, easy, healthy option for you. They don’t have many calories, but lots of fiber to fill you up and flavor to keep those taste buds happy! Apples can complement your breakfast, lunch or dinner! If you struggle to tolerate apples, consider skipping the skin or try cutting your apple into tiny pieces before you eat it. This time of year, you can have fun with apples by going to a local farm and picking your own!
- Winter Squash – These are picked in the fall and stored through spring and include acorn squash, butternut squash, and spaghetti squash. If you’re missing a good old-fashioned spaghetti dinner, try cooking a spaghetti squash, peeling all the pulp “noodles” out and putting some ground turkey and spaghetti sauce on top. Yum!
- Pears – Here’s another delicious option to add to any meal. When it comes to pears, you want to make sure you eat them when they are ripe (it will give a little when you put some pressure on it). If your pear isn’t ripe yet, just put it in a paper bag to help it ripen. Once it’s ripe, eat it or store it in the refrigerator.
- Pumpkins – Hence, pumpkin flavored everything (see recipe below for a unique use for pumpkin)! J Pumpkins are great to decorate with and to eat. They are a great way to get in some vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber and many other nutrients.
- Brussels Sprouts – While these are not a popular choice for many, they are definitely packed with nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C and folate! If you haven’t tried them in a while, try them again and maybe you’ll like them!
- Cauliflower – Did you know that not all cauliflower is white? There is actually orange and purple cauliflower out there, too, but it’s not always an option in your local grocery store! Here’s another great way to get folate and vitamin C in your diet!
- Garlic – Garlic does wonders for seasoning so many of our foods without sodium or any added fat! Besides the remaining odor it can leave in your mouth, you have to love garlic!
- Mushrooms – These are at their peak during the fall. Did you know that mushrooms are low calorie and a good source of riboflavin, niacin and copper?
Fall is also a great time to get out the slow cooker to prepare many of the above in-season items. A slow cooker is great for preparing one dish meals and usually, you just throw your ingredients in, stir, set the temperature/time and let it go. You come home in the evening to a great smelling house and your dinner is ready to enjoy! It’s also a great time of year for healthy chili recipes. Make a large batch of chili in your slow cooker, then freeze your leftovers in individual servings so on nights when you don’t know what to prepare (or you don’t feel like cooking!), you can pull some of that healthy chili from the freezer for a quick, healthy meal fix.
The weather is also fantastic most of the time, so take advantage of those crisp, cool mornings and take a walk before work or school or enjoy the warmer evenings before the sun goes down. The leaves will be changing soon, so get ready for some beautiful scenery while you’re exercising, too!