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Friday, November 1, 2013
It’s official! Fall has arrived and with it comes a season full of beautiful changing leaves, fun holidays and my personal favorite… delicious foods! Here in New Hampshire there are all sorts of foods that are in season during fall. What’s even better is many of them are packed with nutrients!
This one might be obvious, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t great! Apples are one of the fruits just coming into season here in NH and they are a great addition to any diet. You’ve heard the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” and it might hold some truth. Apples are filled with Vitamin C, Potassium and fiber all of which can help you keep healthy. Two classic fall recipes that include apples are Apple Pie and Apple Crisp. You can also have them as a snack or treat dipped in Peanut Butter or Caramel.
Carrots are another delicious option that is now in season in NH. Carrots are packed with all sorts of Vitamins and Minerals including Vitamin A, Vitamin K and Vitamin C. They are filled with antioxidants that help prevent against heart disease and cancer. Carrots are also great for keeping your eyes healthy and your vision strong. Carrots can be included in all sorts of fall recipes or eaten on their own.
Pumpkins are another great vegetable that are just coming into season. In addition to being the designated flavor or fall, pumpkins also pack a punch nutritionally. They are rich in carotenoids, which have the potential reduce the risk of various types of cancer. Not only that, pumpkins also are a great source of fiber. There are all sorts of recipes that use pumpkins including pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie or pumpkin muffins. If you are looking for a stand alone option, try substituting pumpkin for one of its cousins like winter or butternut squash. Either of those taste great cooked and used as a vegetable side!
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