When we think of fall foods we often think of fudge, pie, fruitcake, and myriad other sweet foods and holiday treats. There are other fall foods that are tasty that and better for us that have some great health benefits. Many have a traditional place at the holiday table and others are not so well-known. Here are several foods to consider for your fall menus.
Squash is popular and comes in summer and winter varieties. There are many kinds of squash and at least one of them is bound to delight your taste buds. Squash is high in beta-carotene which is used for your body to make vitamin A. It also has vitamin C and plenty of fiber.
Pumpkin is a variety of squash but is in a category by itself. So many holiday treats from pumpkin lattes to pumpkin soup to pumpkin pie are around, it is traditional to use it. Pumpkin is good for cardiovascular health, fertility, and even sleep. The seeds can be roasted for a delicious snack and they are full of zinc which is good for the prostate.
Sweet potatoes are another orange vegetable that is loaded with beta carotene. They are a regular on the holiday table. They have lots off vitamin A, C, B1 and B6. They also have minerals like potassium, manganese and phosphorous. There are numerous ways that they can be prepared; sweet potato pie is one of my favorites.
Some folks don’t like turnips. I like them if they are fixed a certain way with a flavorful sauce. Turnips are low in calories but have lots of fiber, minerals and antioxidants. It also boosts the immune system and digestion.
We couldn’t make a list of fall foods and leave out cranberries. This tart little berry is loaded with vitamin C and is known for helping with urinary tract infections. They are good for high blood pressure and have antioxidants. They are anti-inflammatory and may even have anti-cancer properties.
I grew up on beets and beet greens. We served them plain with a little butter and onion salt and we loved them. Beets are good for inflammation, energy levels and high blood pressure. They are a good detox vegetable and have plenty of fiber.
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Mateljan, George, The World’s Healthiest Foods, Second edition, 2015