Seasonal eating is where it’s at! When foods are in season, they are at their nutritional peak and you can get the most out of their health benefits. Here are 10 superfoods you should make room for this fall season.
Cauliflower. Cauliflower is loaded with vitamins C and K, which help to boost immunity. Has compounds that may help to prevent cancer, phytonutrients to help lower cholesterol. And like other members of the cabbage family, is rich in sulfur-containing compounds which act as antioxidants, and are anti- inflammatory. Cauliflower can be served steamed, riced, mashed, blended raw into smoothies, pureed into soups, made in steaks and roasted. Super easy recipe: pulse in food processor to “rice” it. Saute in some olive oil with a beaten egg. Toss over cooked veggies!
Brussel Sprouts. B Sprouts are packed with fiber, vitamin C, protein, and iron which makes the seriously super. They are cruciferous vegetables, which means they’re loaded with cancer-fighting compounds. They are also high in vitamin K, which helps your blood clot. But you can also shred them in a food processor and add to a salad or simply roast them on a baking sheet in the oven and add a little maple syrup for a sweet-savory punch!
Pumpkin. A serving of pumpkin has almost 200 % of your daily value of vitamin A and is chock-full of vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Pumpkin is so versatile and can be added to sweet and savory recipes. Stir it into soups/stews/chilis, mix it into your morning oatmeal, or add it to a smoothie. Combine 1/2 cup pumpkin puree + 2 eggs and cook 30 seconds on each side for pumpkin pancakes.
Apples. Apples are the ultimate fall superfood! Packed with insoluble and soluble fiber, antioxidant properties and vitamin C for immune support. The powerful combo lowers the risk of cancer, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease. Add to salads, smoothies or simply saute in coconut oil for a few minutes and sprinkle with cinnamon and sea salt for a flavorful snack.
Pears. They are loaded with fiber and potassium (two nutrients that Americans don’t get enough of). Like apples, pears offer high fiber both in the skin and flesh. The duel fiber content helps to improve digestive health, lower cholesterol and keep blood sugars steady. Add to salads, top burgers, slice onto sandwiches, blend into smoothies. Try this warming smoothie: 1 handful spinach + 8 oz cashew milk + 1 cup cooked butternut squash + 1 ripened pear + cinnamon + nutmeg.
Butternut Squash. Like pumpkin, butternut squash is also a very rich source of vitamin A and also a good source of potassium, magnesium and fiber. The orange color in butternut squash comes from beta-carotene, an antioxidant that is converted to vitamin A in the body. Beta-carotene fights free radicals, while vitamin A ensures healthy bones, skin and teeth! Butternut squash can be roasted, added to soups, blended into smoothies (yup!). Simmer cubed squash in broth with onion, garlic, sage, salt and pepper until tender; heat through, then puree in blender.
Sweet Potatoes. They are a rich source of fiber, iron, vitamin A and C and antioxidants. They also offer more potassium than a banana! Sweet potatoes are awesome roasted (in coconut oil is our fave!), baked, added to muffins, smoothies, soups, stews and chilis. Try stuffing them with turkey and kale/black beans and kale, topped with avocado and a squeeze of lemon.
Pomegranates. They are packed with vitamin C, potassium and fiber, as well anthocyanins, the antioxidants that give fruits a dark red/purple color and fight free radicals in the body. Put a sliced pomegranate in a bowl of water to extract the seeds and then add them to Greek yogurt, kale salad, smoothie or oatmeal. Try topping your avocado toast with some these fiber-filled seeds!
Carrots. We know carrots are a fall staple! Why? Because they have so many health benefits. They are a great source of vitamin A (eye health), antioxidants (fight free radicals) and fiber (good for digestive health). They help stabilize blood sugar, promote healthy skin from the inside out, aid in blood clotting and build strong bones. Add shredded carrots to salads, soups, casseroles, blend into smoothies or roast them as a side dish. A smartyplant option is to add Carrot Juice Plus* to homemade popcorn!
Lemon Green Spectrum. Green foods never go out of season! This is the ultimate support in keeping you healthy throughout the fall season where colds and flus are more prevalent. It’s an awesome source of chlorophyll and green vegetable nutrients which helps to boost immune function. Organic Lemon Green Spectrum* is a super convenient way to add nutrients we don’t usually get through our diet (sea plants, field grasses and garden vegetables). Just add water, shake and go! You can also easily add to a smoothie.
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