Healthy Foods for Fall

Friday, October 19, 2012

Fall is the air, and luckily that means some yummy and nutritious fare is back in season. The cooler weather and shorter days promote a growing season for some superfoods that you can’t always find in your farmers markets during the summer. The Daily Green compiled a list of healthy fall food choices you and your friends and family can make in this crisp time of year.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


Apples topped the list, and are in complete abundance this time of year. There are thousands of species of apples waiting to be picked, and if you take a trip to go apple picking, that’s a great way to sneak in a little exercise while having fun. The antioxidant quercetin resides in the skin of most apples and can help fight off a multitude of diseases.


Pumpkins, while great for carving jack-o-lanterns, also boast high values of potassium, beta-carotene and vitamin A. The taste and smell of pumpkin is pretty desirable in these autumn months, and more and more recipes are coming out to help satisfy that seasonal flavor craving.


Kale, a dark, leafy, and tasty green that has been showing up in more and more salads in restaurants across the country is a great way to change up your traditional salad and add some vitamin K and beta carotene into your diet. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant that can help shield your immune system from sickness as this cold and flu season picks up.


Get a delectable dose of pomegranates this fall and stock up the heart healthy antioxidants and fiber this pretty fruit provides.


All these foods and more can be found at your local farmers market or grocer. Don’t let this opportunity to try new foods slip away – Because just like the picturesque days of fall, these foods won’t be in season here for long!