The summer swimming suit season may be over, but why not keep your bod looking on point by finding new, healthy, and exciting foods that are catching some attention this season. Fall brings some amazing things back into focus. New fashion trends emerge, seasonal recipes appear, and suddenly every drink, dish, and hors d’oeuvre seems to be “spiced” or doused in cinnamon. I’d like to re-introduce a few foods that are falling into season without adding pounds to the scale. (Pumpkin Spice Latte not included)
The great thing about squash, is its versatility. There are so many different ways to cook and consume it, as well as so many different types. This hearty food contains a large amount of both vitamin A and C. It is also contains magnesium and potassium which can help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Breakfast Baked Acorn Squash with Greek Yogurt, Honey & Pecans
Much like the squash, sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin A and C. They contain quite a bit of fiber, manganese, and copper. They can help to regulate blood sugar levels and have many anti-inflammatory benefits as well. There are many different ways to cook sweet potatoes, and they are a great, healthier alternative to the white potato.
Roasted Sweet Potatos and Brussel Sprouts
This fruit is packed full of fiber, which helps keep you feeling fuller for longer. They have a vast amount of phytonutrients that can act as an anti-inflammatory defense, and have properties that promote a healthy cardiovascular system. They also contain more than half of your suggested flavonol intake for the day.
Baked Pears with Cinnamon Honey
This cruciferous vegetable gets a bad rap from it’s slightly bitter taste. Brussels sprouts however are rich in potassium as well as vitamin K which helps to build strong bones. There are many ways to cook this vegetable so it is both healthy, and delicious.
Citrus Carmelized Brussel Sprouts
Tangy Shredded Brussel Sprout and Apple Salad
Gluten Free Balsamic Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Grapes and Fig
It’s no secret that Kale is just crammed full of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. It is considered a superfood, and also boasts an incredibly low calorie count. It also contains omega- 3 fatty acids which can help aid with arthritis. Although Kale’s texture can be tough and chewy, there are many ways to enjoy it, both cooked, and raw.
Quinoa, Apple, and Kale Autumn Salad
Garlic and Sea Salt Kale Chips