Summer is fading and with it, several foods we have grown fond of. Don’t despair, though: Autumn brings a fresh new batch of seasonal sweetness for our enjoyment. Sweet, bitter, crunchy and soft, the variety is as endless as the sky is blue. September is traditionally the “back to school” month, as well as the peak for people to start new diets. Did you know one in five people start a new diet in September? Let’s use this month of beginnings to start eating something healthy!
Let’s take a look at what nature has in store for us in the coming weeks.
Here is the ultimate favorite of fall. Apples offer texture, flavor, color and a healthy dose of vitamin C. Apples are rich in fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants. They can also help lower cholesterol. Apples also protect against Parkinson’s disease and diabetes.
Some of the best cooking apples are Granny Smith, golden delicious, ballarat and gravenstein. You can enjoy apples in apple butter, apple cider, apple pancakes, apple strudel, and of course, alone
Remember to store apples in a cool area.
These tasty, juicy and plump berries are lovely alone, in jams or in baked dishes. Blackberries can grow wild or organically cultivated. They are rich in fiber, minerals and vitamins. Blackberries are also full of antioxidants and low in calories, fat and carbohydrates. As you can see, blackberries are very nutritious.
They are helpful in eye, bone, skin and women’s health.
Blueberries can be cultivated or wild. They are small, round, tasty berries that grow on low bushes. They boost the immune system and protect us from colds, infections and fevers. This makes sense because they are full of vitamin B, C and E. Blueberries are also pumped full of antioxidants. They are considered a polyphenol food.
This little green vegetable resembles a miniature tree, but its unique flavor and texture is what makes it a meal favorite.
Broccoli is low in calories, but high in fiber and vitamins A and C as well as calcium. This vegetable is full of antioxidants and nutrients like beta-carotene and folic acid. It helps control blood pressure and prevents heart disease. Broccoli is part of the cabbage family and cruciferous vegetables. It has enzymes that help fight cancer.
There are so many different varieties of beans, all different sizes and shapes. They are low in fat and calories, full of protein and good for the heart.
Beans are full of fiber, minerals and vitamins. This vegetable lowers cholesterol and balances blood sugar. Always helpful, beans keep you regular as they prevent constipation. They also help in weight loss, as they make us feel full.
Beans can be canned, dried, frozen and are easy to prepare.
Did you know pears are a natural laxative?
There are several varieties, all high in fiber and vitamin C, potassium and folacin. All of these benefits help our bodies stay healthy. One pear contains about 100 calories.
Pears should be picked and allowed to finish ripening off the tree. Ripe pears are firm, but when squeezed lightly will give a little. Good pears have smooth skin with no markings.
Refrigerate and eat the pears within a few days of buying.
Corn, also known as maize, is good for the skin, helps control blood pressure, cholesterol and is full of fiber. It is also full of minerals such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus and copper. Corn helps bone and kidney functions, and improves digestion. It is a good vegetable to eat during pregnancy.
Beets boost energy naturally. One cup of beets contains about 50 calories. They are high in vitamin C and potassium.
You can have beets canned, pickled or cooked. Tops of the beets can be left on or taken off. To store beets, wrap loosely in paper towels, and then put in a refrigerator crisper or a root cellar.
So don’t fret about the fall weather and lack of barbeques. It brings more flavors and colors into our lives. The seasonal autumn palate also creates more recipes for us to try and enjoy with family and friends.
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