Fresh produce can get expensive when you’re buying fruits and veggies that aren’t in season. When foods aren’t in season, they must be
outsourced from places that can grow them, or they’re being manufactured in a less natural setting. Both scenarios make for foods that aren’t as flavorful, and that cost more to import. Use this reminder to be aware of the produce you’re buying this season, and try to purchase foods that are in season. They taste better, cost less, and are fun to enjoy as a seasonal treat. Below is a list of the perfect fall produce that you should get your hands on.
Apples are great to stock up on because they have quite a long shelf life. They are also rich in fiber, which promotes gut health and in turn, overall health. One apple contains around 14% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C. It also contains potassium, vitamin K, and some B-group vitamins. You know what they say— an apple a day keeps the doctor away. So have your pick from the numerous flavor varieties you can choose from this fall. You can even have a weekend excursion to a local apple orchard to pick your own — it’s the perfect fall activity.
Good plums aren’t easy to find all year round, so make sure to take some home this season. Plums are rich in potassium and antioxidants, which eliminate toxic molecules known as free-radicals from the body. Dried plums (called prunes) are loaded with fiber and are fantastic for regulating your digestive system.
Beets are incredibly high in folate (also known as vitamin B9), manganese, magnesium, vitamin C, and many other essential vitamins and minerals. They also contain anti-inflammatory properties, meaning they reduce the risk of any illness that is triggered by chronic inflammation.
4. Bok Choy
Bok Choy is a potent vegetable. They contain an enormous variety of antioxidants— more than most other produce out there. Because of this, it has been well-researched regarding its cancer-fighting properties, as antioxidants fight off cancer-causing free radicals. It is also extremely rich in vitamin A, K, C, and some B-group vitamins, such as folate (vitamin B9).
5. Brussels Sprouts
Not many people get excited about Brussels sprouts, but they should. They can taste great if prepared correctly, and they are considered one of the healthiest vegetables in the world. They are loaded with vitamin K and C, but they also contain the B-group vitamins, vitamin A, fiber, and many other minerals, such as manganese. Brussels sprouts have been shown to have protective effects against many illnesses.
Pears are as great as apples when it comes to their versatility in the kitchen. They also contain lots of fiber, but make sure to eat them with the skin as this is where most of the fiber and nutrients come from. Pears are rich in potassium, antioxidants, vitamin C, and magnesium.
Squash is a great complex carbohydrate to add to your meals this fall. It’s incredibly filling and won’t cause your blood sugar levels to spike because it’s full of fiber. Squash is one of the best sources of vitamin A, but it also contains many other vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin E, C, the B group vitamins, iron, potassium, and magnesium.
With so many different quintessential fall fruits and veggies to choose from, you’ll be set this season with delicious, flavorful foods that ground you and energize you. What’s your favorite food in season this fall? Hit reply and let me know.