Keeping ourselves and our families well and healthy all year long is important, and the foods that we put into our bodies can either support this goal or work against it. With the fall season near at hand, there are a variety of exciting super foods that will be available from the garden, as well as local markets and grocers. Here are some of our favorites to add to your shopping list and menu!
Whether you fancy red or green, crisp, sweet or tart, apples are as delicious as they are beneficial. From the antioxidants that they provide to the punch of fiber, be sure to add them to your fall menu as much as possible. Apples make great snacks for the kids, are amazing as toppings for salads or pastas, or can be cooked alongside most meats to add sweetness! For a warm breakfast idea, consider baking apples with a little cinnamon sprinkle.
When it comes to side dishes, cauliflower is often given way too little attention! This fall, take time to explore it raw in salads, steamed with seasoning or sauces, sautéed in a stir fry dish, or even pureed into a creamy “mashed potato” substitute! No matter how you enjoy eating it, you will be adding vitamin C to your meal, as well as phytonutrients that work to lower cholesterol!
Don’t let your love of squash die with the summer months! Transition to cool weather varieties! Fall and winter squashes (including pumpkins!) are delicious when baked or used as a soup base and pair wonderfully with flavors like cinnamon, nutmeg, or ginger. Add to this that squash provides essential omega-3 fatty acids and fiber as well as vitamins A & B and you may find your whole family falling in love with this thick skin veggie!
This year, don’t wait until Thanksgiving to try this orange delight! Sweet potatoes are a great source of iron and vitamin A and have also been shown to help the body with inflammation. Eat it baked, fried, mashed, or even in a classic casserole. Feeling really adventurous? Try sweet potato pancakes for a yummy start to the day!
Many may be familiar with this super fruit as a juice, but it can also be utilized in its seed form as well! Pomegranates contain folate, vitamin C, and antioxidants and make a tasty burst of flavor when added as a salad topping. Kids also love the little morsels as snacks or as a side dish with meals.