This past Tuesday marked the official start of Fall, and along with the reddening trees and dropping temperatures, you may have noticed one more thing that’s been looking a bit different lately: the produce aisle. Fruits and vegetables that are in season are typically tastier, fresher, richer in nutrients, and cheaper than they are when they’re out of season. The next time you stock up on groceries, consider adding some of these fall fruits and vegetables to your cart:
- Apples: Averaging just over a dollar per pound, apples are one of the most affordable fruits you can find. Each apple has about three grams of fiber, which means it can help with losing weight and keeping your blood sugar under control. In addition, apples are rich in antioxidants, which means eating them regularly can lower your risk for many chronic diseases.
- Sweet potatoes: Another fall favorite, sweet potatoes typically come in at under a dollar per pound. As their vibrant orange color shows, sweet potatoes are rich in beta-carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A. Vitamin A helps maintain healthy vision and may help prevent cancer as well.
- Cauliflower and broccoli: Cauliflower is rich in vitamin C and potassium, which is one of the most important minerals in your body. Broccoli not only has these too, but it’s also high in vitamins A and K.
- Collard greens: A Southern staple, collard greens are high in vitamins A, C, and K, manganese, calcium, iron, and fiber. These nutrients are important for immune and bone health. Collard greens also happen to be one of the most affordable leafy greens.
- Hard squash (acorn, butternut, spaghetti): These are rich in carotenoids, which are antioxidants that help protect your body from aging and inflammation.
- Radishes: These vibrant and flavorful root vegetables are rich in fiber, vitamin C, K, B6, niacin, and folate. You can roast them, pickle them, or add them to your salad!
As you can see, eating seasonal produce can be a great way to nourish your body without breaking the bank. Have a fantastic fall season, and stay healthy and stay safe!
-Wellness and Stress Clinic Team