Ah, Fall! It’s one of our favorite times of year here at Jeca. And not just because of the beautiful fall foliage. With the end of summer comes the fall harvest and there are so many delicious and nutritious things to cook and eat for the whole family. Here are the best healthy fruit and vegetables that we’ll be eating this fall and your family should too!
Pumpkins and Other Squash
Nothing says fall like a pumpkin, eh? But don’t limit your squash usage to Halloween decorations or pumpkin spice lattes! Pumpkin is a great source of alpha- and beta-carotene, which can promote healthy vision and cell growth. Pumpkin seeds are also a good source of alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that has been said to help those with heart disease, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol. Squash, in general, are an important source of many important nutrients, including vitamins C and A, magnesium, and other antioxidant compounds which can boost your immunity. Many of the carbs in winter squash come from polysaccharides found in the cell walls and include pectins. Research suggests that these components in winter squash have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, as well as insulin-regulating properties that can help with management of Diabetes.
Though your family might enjoy them all year round, the apple harvest is traditionally in the fall and it’s now they are at their sweetest and crunchiest. The old saying goes, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away” and for good reason. These fall fruits are full of vital antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber. Plus, some studies suggest that the phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing a range of medical conditions such as dementia, breast cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. So go on, enjoy a delicious gala or honeycrisp today!
The ancient Greeks and Egyptians considered the pomegranate sacred and indeed, modern science suggests that the antioxidants and polyphenols contained in the red-jewel like fruit may reduce the risk of heart attacks. Aside from the health benefits, pomegranates add a pop of colour and delicious sweetness to a fall salad.
Another favorite at the Thanksgiving table, Sweet Potatoes or Yams are in peak season come fall. Like squash, these ruddy beauties are rich in beta-carotene, which can ward off vitamin A deficiencies and promote healthy eyesight. Sweet potatoes are also a good source of fiber and vitamin C.
These are just a few of the delicious delights the fall harvest brings. What will you be chowing down on as the weather cools and fall hits its peak?