The Best Fall Fruits and Vegetables

One of the best ways to stay healthy in any season is to incorporate fresh produce into your daily diet. Help your family eat healthier this fall by picking up some of fall’s best produce options. Use the resource link on our site to locate farmer’s markets or Community Supported Agriculture (CSA’s) in your area.  http://momshealthzone.com/resources/ or check for local produce at your grocery store for these fresh fall fruits and vegetables.

The Best Fall Fruits

Apples: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. This is probably because apples are high in vitamin C and fiber, and are packed with antioxidants, which may help prevent chronic illness and slow aging. Apples come in a wonderful variety of flavors, textures and sizes, so this fall fruit is a great quick treat for anyone on-the-go. One of our favorites is the Honey Crisp; check it out!

Cranberries: A fall fruit most commonly found dried, juiced or canned, cranberries have a number of health benefits no matter how they are consumed. Fresh cranberries are at their best October through November. According to Kelly Fitzpatrick, “Research suggests cranberry concentrate can help prevent urinary tract infections and fresh cranberries can prevent oral diseases and slow the growth of breast, colon, prostate, and lung cancers.” We just found a delicious recipe using yams and we substituted dried cranberries for the golden raisins and it was absolutely delicious! We didn’t toast the pistachios either so the green color adds to a beautiful presentation. We eat first with our eyes so putting attention on presentation adds to the enjoyment factor at mealtime. http://www.bonappetit.com/recipes/2012/10/roasted-yams-with-citrus-sauce?printable=true

Pears: These sweet fall fruits hail from either Europe or Asia, although the European varieties like Bosc and Bartlett are most common in the U.S. and grow on the west coast during fall. “Pears are high in soluble fiber, which helps lower ‘bad’ cholesterol, or LDL. To get that daily dose of fiber or to satisfy a sweet tooth, incorporate pears into anything from savory entrees to creative cocktail recipes,” says Fitzpatrick.

The Best Fall Vegetables

Beets: While beets may be available year-round, they are at their best in the fall. Look for firm, smooth bulbs and bright, crisp greens. Be sure to trim these right away though, since the green, leafy part can leech the beets’ nutrients including betaine, a compound that may help prevent heart and liver disease, and nitrate, which may increase blood flow to the brain and potentially reduce risk of dementia.

Brussels Sprouts & Cabbage: Both of these fall vegetables are packed with vitamins C and A. They’re also packed with a high concentration of cancer-fighting glucosinolates.

Pumpkin: Pumpkins aren’t just for decorating anymore. Their sweet flesh makes a wonderful soup and is also good in risotto. The pumpkin flesh is also high in vitamins A and C in addition to folate. Pumpkin also offers a wealth of alpha- and beta-carotene, which can be converted into retinol to promote healthy vision and cell growth.

At Moms Health Zone we’re dedicated to helping you keep you and your family healthy. Check out our other blog posts to see what we’re all about.

Tamara Archer

Moms Health Zone was created to serve moms just like you, who know the best way to take care of those you love is to take care of yourself.

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4 Responses to The Best Fall Fruits and Vegetables

  1. Shawn Parola says:

    So good to hear, those are ALL some of my favorites! Yummy, and I love to figure out new things to do with them too. Thanks for the inspiration, it’s so good to know that I’m putting some good feul in my machine!

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    • Tamara Archer says:

      These are some of my favorites too. We just made some amaaazing pumpkin pancakes, a killer red cabbage salad, and threw orange flavored dried cranberries on top of oatmeal this morning. Stay tuned for those recipes; they’re delicious and the perfect comfort food for crisp cold days.

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  2. Dr Stephanie Rozenhart says:

    I love the fresh fruits and veggies at farmers markets and through CSAs. I also look at the dirty dozen and the clean 15 to find out what to buy organic and which fruits and veggies to not worry about. I love finding new recipes to try with veggies that are not usually in my list!

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    • Tamara Archer says:

      I’m with you. We have been using our CSA Farm Fresh To You for about 6 months now and love it. We’ve definitely expanded our repertoire of foods that way. It’s a great way to go!

      Reply

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