As we enter the season of Fall, ANBIA® wants to remind you of the importance of eating “with the seasons.” Even though unconsciously most of us tend to make a routine out of life, balance and change is always beneficial, and a must in order to stay healthy. Equally important, by eating “with the seasons,” you’ll be supporting local farmers’ markets and consuming fresh, organic produce. As a result, you’ll be eating fresher, tastier, more affordable food. Because of this, we would now like to share some of our favorite fruits and veggies available for this Fall, the nutritional benefits that come with eating healthier food, and an easy, delicious recipe to make the most out of this season in the kitchen.
Fall is the perfect season to go back to being healthy and paying attention to what you put into your body. Also, taking advantage of local produce available to you, your local farmers’ markets are your biggest allies in the process. There’s a long, diverse list of fruits and vegetables available this time of year. According to Good Housekeeping, these include:
- Apples: According to Medical News Today, some of the nutritional benefits from apples include the presence of vitamin C, B-Complex vitamins such as Riboflavin, Thiamin, and vitamin B-6, dietary fiber, and minerals such as calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.
- Artichokes: Healthline says artichokes are one of the greatest sources of antioxidants. They are also low in fat, high in fiber, and loaded with vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, phosphorus, and magnesium.
- Beets: According to Healthy Eating, similarly, beets offer many nutrients in few calories. They are loaded with vitamins C and B6, and contain fiber and minerals such as iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and phosphorus.
- Broccoli: According to Healthy Eating, Broccoli is rich in nutrients such as vitamin C and K, fiber, Folate—necessary for the production and maintenance of new cells in the body—and potassium.
- Brussels Sprouts: They are low in calories, yet high in vitamins, fiber, and minerals. Brussels Sprouts are rich in vitamin C and K, as well as in antioxidants. In fact, according to Healthline, some studies suggest that due to its high content of antioxidants, they could help protect against certain types of cancer.
- Cabbage: Medical News Today says it contains the antioxidants choline, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin as well as the flavonoids kaempferol, quercetin, and apigenin. Similarly, they suggest it may be beneficial for cancer prevention and heart health.
- Carrots: According to Healthline, carrots are about 10% carbs, consisting of starch, fiber, and simple sugars. They are extremely low in fat and protein.
Simultaneously, they are a great source of vitamins and minerals, especially potassium.
- Cauliflower: According to Healthline, high in fiber and antioxidant, cauliflowers contain many nutrients your body needs, such as vitamin B6, C and K, and manganese, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus.
- Grapes: Healthline says grapes are high in antioxidants, beneficial plant compounds that may protect against chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease. They also contain different vitamins and minerals including more than one-quarter of the RDIs for vitamins C and K.
- Pears: According to Healthline, pears are especially rich in folate, vitamin C, copper, and potassium. They’re also a good source of polyphenol antioxidants.
- Pumpkins: According to Healthy Eating, pumpkins are particularly rich in vitamin A. They are also low in calories, as they are 94% water.
- Squash: According to Organic Facts, Squash is a great source for nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. They are rich in vitamins A, B. C, E, as well as in magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper, phosphorus, calcium, and iron.
- Sweet Potatoes: BBC Good Food says sweet potatoes are high in an antioxidant known as beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A once consumed. Similarly, they contain an array of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, selenium, and they’re a good source of vitamins B and C.
This Fall, ANBIA® wants to remind you of the many benefits of eating “with the seasons.” These include better nutrition, and supporting your local farmers’ markets while enjoying affordable, flavorful fruits and vegetables available for this season.