Autumn is upon us. This is a wonderful time of year to enjoy good for you foods. Many of fall’s classic tastes are actually rich in nutrients. You’ll want to stock up on and build your meals around these hearty, healthy ingredients. Here are nine good for you foods for autumn to get you started. Be sure to click on the links to read more about each of these healthy foods.
Apple They’re everywhere right now. One a day supposedly keeps the doctor away. They’re rich in fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin C. And a medium apple is about 80 calories, making it a perfect autumn snack.
Pumpkin These are also everywhere right now. Before you toss those jack o’ lantern “guts,” consider saving them and using them in a recipe. Pumpkin is loaded with vitamin A, in the form of beta-carotene, as well as B vitamins, vitamin C, folate, dietary fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Pumpkin Seeds These are a delicious snack, providing magnesium, iron, vitamin K and protein. Roast them up for a warm, tasty treat.
Butternut Squash With similar nutritional qualities as pumpkin, butternut squash has another added benefit: it’s really cheap. Make a meal out of this hearty winter squash by turning it into soup or a side dish, and enjoy a healthy dose of beta-carotene.
Fig Loaded with potassium, vitamins A, B6, and K, plus iron and calcium, figs may not be part of your regular grocery list, but they should be. Try them fresh or dried, on a salad, or by themselves as a snack.
Pomegranate Rich in antioxidants like vitamin C, as well as B vitamins, potassium, and dietary fiber, pomegranates are a fabulous addition to your diet. Look for them in stores right now, either in the form of raw fruit, juice, or the tasty arils or seeds.
Sweet Potatoes/Yams One of the best foods you can eat, sweet potatoes or yams are reasonably priced year-round. They’re loaded with vitamin A, and only have about 95 calories. Want to get your kids to eat healthier? Replace their usual potato side dish with oven-baked sweet potato fries.
Cranberries Besides vitamin C and K, dietary fiber and manganese, cranberries provide an antibacterial agent that helps viruses and infections. They may also be effective in helping fight cholesterol and cancer.
Parsnip These root vegetables are loaded with potassium, vitamin A, B vitamins, manganese and copper. You may be hesitant to try parsnips, but don’t be. They make a wonderful side dish when cooked or mashed like potatoes, or you can roast them and serve with other root vegetables.
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What’s your favorite good for you autumn food?
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