It’s that time of year again, when leaves begin to take on orange and red hues and fall from the trees that were once in full bloom. Depending on where you live, you might be switching out of your flip flops for cozy sweaters and fuzzy hats. And with the changing of the season, comes the change at the food market. Those watermelon salads and fresh berry dishes are no longer in season, and it is time to transition fall’s seasonal produce.
Pumpkin gets a lot of the attention for being fall’s superstar. It should come as no surprise, when your learn that this this superfood has about 7 grams of belly blasting fiber per 1 cup serving. It also supplies 3.4 grams of iron in a serving, which many people lack in their diet. But, the real deal is the vitamin A that pumpkin is loaded with, it helps boosts your immune system, as well as keeps your eyes, bones and teeth healthy.
Pumpkin pie is not the only recipe pumpkin is good for, try out this delicious pumpkin chilli recipe.
If you are not a pumpkin fan, fear not! Fresh fruits such as apples are also peaking in fall. Go to your local grocery store and you will see a variety of apples, such as Ambrosia, Empire, and Jonagold apples. These apples are not typically available year round, so pick up a few while you can. Like pumpkins, apples pack a lot of fiber which can stabilize your blood sugar and keep you feeling fuller for longer. There is almost 5g of fiber per apple.
Our favorite way to eat them? Sliced with a some almond butter and cinnamon.
One of Dr. Goglia’s favorites foods are also in season for fall. Why are they a favorite? Thanks to the compound in beets known as betalain, beets acts as an anti-inflammatory and a detoxifier. Think of beets as your helpful little garbage collector, they go around picking up unwanted toxic substances in the body and help you excrete them out.
Have a go with this beet recipe that swears you will be addicted.
Why buy in season?
The perks about knowing what is in season will not only help your health, but your wallet too. Seasonal fruits and vegetables are more readily in their season, so the price of them decreases.
Ever try to buy berries in the winter? They are 2x more expensive than the summer berries. A great way to find produce with the most flavor is to also visit your local farmer’s market. So take advantage of what fall has to offer. Your body and wallet will thank you.