With Labor Day marking the unofficial end of summer, we slowly start to creep into another fall season. Before we know it, the weather will start to cool as the leaves start to turn colors. For most of us, we will be changing the time on our clocks again.
Not only does the weather start to change as fall approaches, but so does the variety of foods we eat. Below I have listed five healthy food choices for the fall season:
Kale is often referred to as a “Super Food” and it has good reason to be named that. This leafy green plant is packed with Vitamin K and offers more of it than any other green food. It also is high in beta-carotene, an anti-oxidant that is believed to help fight off cancer. Kale has a crisp and refreshing taste to it. Homemade kale chips are tasty snack that is easy to make.
Those pretty red fruits that you see hanging from tress are filled with beautiful ruby red seeds that are packed with antioxidants. They are also bursting with a compound called tannins that helps lower bad cholesterol. Pomegranates also contain vitamins A, C and E as well as folic acid. Each pomegranate seed is filled with an antioxidant called” flavonoids,” which is believed by many to help fight off cancer-causing agents.
Apples are in their prime during the fall season, and they are packed with powerful anti-oxidants. Remember, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But don’t peel off the apple skin because that’s where a majority of the anti-oxidants are stored. Make sure to buy organic apples to avoid pesticide residue on the skin. Apples are also a great source of vitamin C.
Who knew that they were good for more than carving jack-0-lanterns and making pumpkin pie? Pumpkins are packed with potassium and contain a decent amount of vitamin A. When making jack-o-lanterns, save the seeds. You can clean them and put them on a baking sheet to throw in the oven. Those little seeds pack quite a punch. They are loaded with tons of mineral including phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron and copper. Not to mention they are also high in zinc, vitamin K, B. A 100g of seeds provide a whopping 30 grams of protein.
These nuts are loaded up with half your daily supplement of vitamin B, which keeps your skin looking radiant and helps your immune system fight of disease. They are also high in fiber, but be careful because they are loaded with carbohydrates as well.