Our local Fall harvests are full of warming, filling foods at the peak of their ripeness, flavor and affordability! We love pairing these nutritious veggies with warm, healing spices like ginger, turmeric and cinnamon. The Fall season is the perfect time to boost your immune system with these nourishing veggies. Check out some of our fall favorites below!
Winter Squash: Acorn, Butternut, Delicata, Kabocha, Zucchini and Crooknook squash are all examples of the varieties of squash you will find in the Fall harvest. Studies show that winter squash is an excellent source of antioxidants like vitamin C and manganese which regulate our metabolism, promote healthy bones and protect our body from free radical damage. We love roasting, stuffing and turning these beautiful squash into creamy soups – the possibilities are endless!
Sweet Potatoes: These root vegetables are one of the best sources of beta-carotene, the red-orange pigment that our bodies convert to vitamin A (an essential vitamin for skin, eye and immune system health). Sweet potatoes are full of fiber, anti-inflammatory benefits and are a great blood-sugar regulator. In fact, their sweet flavor gives you the sensation of a sugary snack without the added sugar! Check out our Asian Sweet Potato Beet Cakes Photo from our online subscription program, Vegetarian Menu Plans Made Easy!
Brussels Sprouts: Like other cruciferous vegetables, Brussels sprouts are also well-known for their cancer-prevention properties as a great source of glucosinolates. Glucosinolates are important phytonutrients for our health and these little veggies contain a special combination of these cancer-preventive components. Drizzle your Brussels sprouts with olive oil, maple syrup and garlic before roasting these healthy veggies to perfection!
Apples: Autumn is apple picking season and rightfully so! These little tree fruits are packed with phytonutrients, flavanoids and a generous serving of fiber. Apples are great for cardiovascular health, lowering bad cholesterol and regulating blood sugar. Depending on the variety, their sweet or tart, juicy flavor is perfect for not only snacking, but baking into delicious crisps and pies!