Fall Fruits and Vegetables

Fall is fast approaching. The air is cooler, leaves are beginning to turn brown….Say it ain’t so! No summer, don’t go! Even with the end of summer in sight, my mind is already thinking about the warm soups and wonderful fruits and vegetables that are available during the fall and the fun recipes to make with them. This morning I just finished jotting down 2 recipes for some delicious soups! As you might have guessed, this article will highlight some fruits and vegetables that you might want to incorporate into your meal plan this fall and I get to highlight some of my favorites.

First, the apple.

So what’s all the fuss about an apple a day keeps the doctor away? A cliche for sure, but here’s why the cliche is true. Apples are so satisfying because of their fiber and it keeps you feeling full longer. Apples are also packed with calcium, vitamin C, and folic acid which are necessary nutrients to assist our body to be at its optima. I have to admit, it took me years to eat the apple and not the apple pie, but once I conquered that struggle, I began to look forward to biting into a nice fresh apple, especially when the hungry pains hit. A simple recipe for apples is to toast a piece of bread (sprouted grain is my favorite, lots of crunch after the toasting), drizzle a bit of honey on the bread, spread some peanut butter on it, add slices of apples and sprinkle with nutmeg or cinnamon. Add a cup of coffee or tea and you got yourself a winner. Pears are also a nice fall fruit to look forward to.

Second, Sweet potatoes! Nature’s candy!

I love this wonderful root vegetable. It is so satisfying and takes care of my sweet craving as I seek to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Sweet potatoes are loaded with potassium which makes them good for regulating your blood pressure and good for the heart. Sweet potatoes are also an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, copper, pantothenic acid and B6 vitamins. They are also a good source of fiber, niacin, and phosphorus. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, you want to eat them simply baked, drizzled with a bit of olive oil, cinnamon and/or nutmeg, and can garnish with a bit of walnuts and raisins. To make them even more delectable, you can add a few raisins. You can’t go wrong with this root vegetable when it comes to satisfying hungry pains and satisfying your sweet tooth the healthy way! Other root vegetables you might want to try are: parsnip, beets, pumpkins, turnips and rutabagas. You can also find plenty of collard greens, Brussel sprouts (I’m learning to appreciate these), and spinach. Also, winter squash and broccoli.

I hope you enjoy the fall fruits and vegetables but remember to think clean eating in order to maintain your healthy lifestyle. It is always healthier to eat the apple and not the apple pie. Have lots of fun eating fresh vegetables instead of adding them to casseroles which are usually laden with heavy creams, sauces, cheeses and sugar. I find the best way to eat root vegetables are sautéing, steaming or oven roasted. I think oven roasting is my favorite way because it brings out the natural sweetness and flavors. In the words of Julia Child and, yes, I am dating myself, Bon appetit!


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