The season of eating is fast approaching! Fall might bring to mind the candy binge of Halloween and the face-stuffing holiday when we give thanks, but don’t forget the fabulous farmer’s markets and local autumn food stands that are filled with fall superfoods. Here are my top 5 fall favorites:
Pumpkin: It’s sweet, moist and perfectly filled with disease kicking nutrients! Eat both the flesh and seeds. The “meat” is filled with fiber, potassium, B vitamins and vitamin A. Try sautéing or roasting it with a little olive oil or try adding a tiny touch of organic maple syrup. Don’t forget the seeds! Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of plant-based protein, vitamin E, and trace minerals like magnesium. Bottom line, eat pumpkin to protect your eyesight, fight cancer, lower blood pressure, reduce wrinkles, boost your immune system and your mood!
Pomegranate: It’s worth the effort to retrieve those fabulous seeds! Pomegranate is loaded with antioxidants and other phytonutrients that can reduce bad cholesterol, lower blood pressure, inhibit breast and prostate cancer. Choose pomegranates that are deeply colored with smooth skin and heavy for their size. Pomegranates can last up to 2 months in the fridge.
Figs: Fall means fresh figs!! Figs are fabulous for your heart, blood pressure, eyes, bones and digestion. Plus, they pair great with pears and organic cheeses. If you are going for the dried variety, be sure to choose organic in order to avoid sulfer-containing compounds used in the processing of conventionally dried figs.
Pears: Pears are among the most easily digested fruits. They have a unique anti-inflammatory phytonutrient profile, plus they can help reduce your risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Pears are a fabulous salad topping, taste great poached in apple juice and are the perfect addition to grilled cheese.
Squash: Squash pairs perfectly with other fall flavors like cinnamon and ginger. It’s a great source of vitamin A and rich in omega-3 fatty acids. In the early fall, you can combine and roast fresh peaches with butternut and acorn squash for a unique fall side dish.
Fall in love with these fall superfood favorites! Learn how to put them all together with my Fall Meal Plan which is filled with the best-of-the-best foods for the season.