Great Autumn Fruits and Vegetables.

31 Dec

Fall is upon us, and with that comes beautiful fruits and vegetables that are ready to be harvested and consumed. When produce is consumed at its ripest (when it is in season) more nutrients are delivered into the body. Here are some delicious foods you can get your hands on to enjoy the beauty of autumn (in the Northern Hemisphere at least):

Apples: Even though apples are available 365 days a year in grocery stores, fall is their time to shine. Apples are full of fiber and vitamin C. Due to the anti-oxidant properties found in apple skin, they are also great for reducing inflammation.

Squash: Fall gourds like butternut squash are low in fat, high in fiber, and full of potassium. Not only is squash great for you, it is also highly versatile. Whether you are a novice in the kitchen or a seasoned professional, you can make an awesome fall meal involving squash.

Carrots: Whether you munch on carrots as a mid-day snack or use them as a key component in a comfort-filled fall stew, carrots are an absolute treasure when it comes to nutrients. Carrots have an incredible amount of vitamin A. Vitamin A assists in maintaining vision, a healthy immune system, and cell growth.

Eggplant:  These strange and beautiful vegetables are harvested in late summer and can be found at their best in early fall. The phytonutrients in eggplant have been found to protect cell membranes against free radicals. Want more reasons to eat eggplant? One cup contains only 19 calories!

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