Fine Fall Foods

Fall is my favorite season!  Cooler weather, colorful leaves, sweaters, scarves and delicious seasonal food items are some of the reasons why I love fall.  Several fall items offer amazing nutrition benefits.  Here are a few foods that you should be sure to enjoy this season:

Pumpkin:

Pumpkins

In addition to being great for fall décor, pumpkin is a great source of nutrition.  Pumpkin is delicious when added to soups, smoothies and cookies.

  • Great source of beta-carotene.  Beta carotene is an important antioxidant that is converted into vitamin A.
  • Contains beneficial dietary fiber. It can be very difficult to consume adequate dietary fiber every day. Pumpkin contains approximately 7 grams of fiber per cup!
  • Also provides vitamin E and iron.  Vitamin E keeps your immune system working efficiently and protects your cells from damage.  Iron also supports a healthy immune system.
Apples:
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”!  Apples not only taste great but are also a great source of nutrition.  Try making homemade applesauce in the crockpot 🙂
  • One medium apple provides approximately 4 grams of dietary fiber.
  • Apples contain vitamin C, which helps boost our immune system.

Sweet Potato:

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Sweet potatoes can be prepared in so many different ways…mashed, baked, fried or roasted.  Remember to limit the sugar and marshmallows you add to this nutritious food!

  • A medium sweet potato provides 400% of your daily vitamin A needs.
  • Also a great source of fiber and potassium.
These are just a few of the many nutritious fall foods that I love.  Try to incorporate these foods into your meal planning.  The more color you can add to your plate, the better!!
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