Fall offers a crop of hearty foods to fortify our bodies before the challenges of winter.
When you’re taking a trip to the grocery store, or local farmer’s market, keep an eye out for these Fall produce favorites:
1. Sweet Potatoes
These sweet spuds are packed with beta-carotene to amp up healthy eyesight. They are also high in vitamins C and D to help build up your immune system. Sweet potatoes are also rich in magnesium, a mineral linked to relaxation and good heart health.
Exceptionally dense in nutrients, mushrooms offer vitamin D and an abundance of antioxidants. They are also a good source for biotin, which is essential for your metabolic process and plays a major role in keeping blood sugar at healthy levels. Mushrooms also offer up potassium for a healthy heart and kidneys.
High in flavonoids and polyphenolic compounds, these ruby treasures are effective in keeping your cholesterol levels healthy. Cranberries also help sweep your liver and lymphatic system to support healthy digestion and absorption of nutrients.
This member of the cruciferous family is rich in vitamin C and two phytochemicals that help detox the body, ridding your cells of unwanted waste. Cabbage has powerful antibacterial properties for protection, and is rich in glutamine, an amino acid that nourishes the cells lining the stomach and small intestine.
A cousin of cabbage and broccoli, cauliflower lacks chlorophyll to make it green. However, it does offer similar health benefits from its cruciferous cousins, containing high amounts of vitamin C, folate, fiber, and complex carbohydrates.
With over 7000 different varieties, apples are a household favorite. Containing both soluble and insoluble fiber, they are known for aiding and promoting healthy digestion. A potent flavonoid, quercitin, is found in apple peel and has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack by 32%.
7. Brussels Sprouts
These mini cabbage-look-alikes are abundant with vitamin C necessary for a healthy immune system. Brussels sprouts also contain fiber and folate for good digestive health.
A member of the squash family, pumpkins are rich in alpha- and beta-carotene to promote healthy vision and cell growth. They also contain carotenoids that can help keep your skin youthful and wrinkle-free.
Delicious in soups and stews, casseroles and sautes, these superstars of the produce section will keep you feeling full and satisfied.
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