Having a healthy diet, it isn’t all about calories and restrictions. You can still eat your favorite foods, but also focus on adding in more healthy options. This is easy to do when it comes to eating seasonally. For the fall, try to incorporate more of these fall superfoods into your diet.
Fall is the perfect time to add more greens to your diet. There are many greens that are considered superfoods in the fall season, starting with turnip greens. If you haven’t tried them before, now is a great time. They are loaded with nutrients, like vitamin C and vitamin A, as well as a lot of vitamin K. You can also get calcium in turnip greens. These are a little bitter, so combine them with a citrus-based dressing.
Another green that is popular in the Fall is kale. Start making some kale salads (make sure you massage those greens well) or add it to your smoothies, and you will be getting lots of the same vitamins – A, C, and K. It also has an excellent amount of antioxidants.
In addition to greens, there are some other veggies that are in season during the fall. While you can find these year-round, getting them while “in season” will mean more affordable produce and often higher quality. This includes:
Sweet Potatoes – I’ll be honest with you; I am not a fan of sweet potatoes. I don’t dislike them, but I’m not eager to eat them either. However, if you’re unlike me, you probably enjoy sweet potatoes in the fall, where you get a slight sweetness with this complex carbohydrate. Make a healthier baked potato, slice it up into fries, or enjoy it mashed with some grass-fed butter.
Cauliflower – Move out the way kale, cauliflower is the popular vegetable these days! Not only does it have a taste most people can get behind, but it’s also a low carb vegetable with a lot of versatility. It also happens to be in season during the fall. My new favorite way to eat it is buffalo cauliflower. A recipe for that will be coming soon.
Brussels Sprouts – Growing up I hate Brussel sprouts and I know I’m not the only one. But I think in the ’80s, Brussels got a bad name because they were often overcooked and mushy. However, I’m a huge fan of crispy Brussel sprouts. Toss them in olive oil, add salt and pepper and cook then in the air fryer for 15 minutes and you have a delicious snack. Brussels sprouts are also a fall superfood, and they contain some amazing nutrients, including fiber, folate, vitamin C, vitamin K, and antioxidants.
Pumpkin – Pumpkin (also not one of my faves) is one of the most popular vegetables in the fall, and for good reason. Many people use it in soups as a hearty additive. Pumpkin is a healthy vegetable to eat because it can help increase your vitamin A and vitamin C.
Fall is also a great time to add fruits to your diet! Some of the best fruits you can eat are in season during the fall, including:
Apples – Fall is the perfect time to pick and eat apples if you haven’t been already. I love going apple picking in the fall. Then when I get home with all those apples, I am left to figure out what to do with them all. But Fall is a perfect time for apples because they are more flavorful and often more affordable, as an added bonus. Try to look for apples that are firm, without bruises.
Pomegranate – Pomegranates are a source of fiber and antioxidants, plus provide a slightly tart and sweet flavor in the fall season.
Pears – Another great type of fruit to enjoy in the fall season is the pear. Pears are sweet and very versatile. You can eat them on their own, dipped in peanut butter, or even on a sandwich or topped on waffles for breakfast.
What fruit or veggie is your favorite to eat in the fall?