Now that summer is officially over, your local grocery store and farmer's market will begin phasing out summer fruits and vegetables for fall produce. Luckily, there are plenty of fall superfoods that can help you continue your healthy eating habits until berries and summer squash are back in season.
Next time you’re at the grocery store, pick up a few of the items on this list to add some extra nutrients to your daily meals:
The saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” isn’t a coincidence. In fact, it was probably referring to the high quantity of antioxidants in this popular fall fruit—not to mention the four grams of dietary fiber.
Whether butternut, acorn or spaghetti squash, make sure to add winter squashes to your regular meal rotation for an extra boost of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin A. Try them roasted with fall flavorings or blended into soups. And if you’ve never tried spaghetti squash as a substitute for your favorite pasta dish, you’re seriously missing out.
Sweet potatoes are much more nutrient-dense than their white or yellow counterparts, and their flavor is the perfect complement to fall cooking. They’re also a good source of iron and vitamin A. You can even chop and roast them for a homemade version of sweet potato fries.
While these tiny cabbages have gotten a bad rap over the years, they’re tasty when roasted with some olive oil and seasonings. And this superfood comes with a big punch: They help your body make isothiocyanates, which activate cancer-fighting enzyme systems.
Don’t be intimidated to cook this lesser-known cruciferous vegetable—it’s rich in fiber and contains 53 percent of your daily vitamin C in just 1 cup. You can even try it mashed as a potato substitute.
Speaking of potato substitutes, cauliflower has become an Internet darling thanks to its ability to mimic the texture of mashed potatoes, rice and even pizza crust. Cauliflower’s superpowers don’t stop there, though—it also contains a sulfur compound that is believed to kill cancer stem cells and slow tumor growth.
Though they may look like carrots, parsnips are sweeter and nuttier in flavor, which makes them a great addition to soups or potato recipes or delicious on their own when roasted in the shape of fries. They’re also a great source of potassium and fiber.
Use these fall superfoods to get healthy and feel your best, just in time for the holidays and a new year.
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