We all know that fall season means cozy meals, warm sweaters, hot drinks, pumpkins and apples! However, there are many other foods that are considered fall foods, and many of these foods have great benefits. These in season fruits and vegetables include apples, pears, pumpkin, cauliflower, and sweet potato.
You know what they say, an apple a day keeps the doctors away. This may actually be true because apples are immune boosting fruits. Apples are full of pectin, about 50% of an apple’s total fiber, vitamins and other antioxidants. Apples can have neurological benefits, can help lower cholesterol levels, can be heart healthy, and the fiber in an apple can help manage blood pressure and help with obesity since apples contain gut healthy bacteria and the fiber helps keep you full longer. The prebiotic benefits in the apple, which is from the pectin, is good for gut health, and a healthy gut means a healthier and stronger immune system. The skin on apples even help to reduce inflammation.
Pears are another beneficial fall fruit option. Pears are rich in minerals such as copper and potassium. Copper is a helpful mineral in keeping your immune system strong. Pears contain a good amount of fiber that helps with regular bowel movement. This can help to promote gut health as well.
Pumpkins are high in Vitamin A which is an important component of immune health. The high antioxidants in pumpkins help to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses and diseases. Pumpkins contain vitamin C as well which helps to fight off bacteria and viruses, and can help prevent the buildup of cholesterol, reducing one’s chance of strokes and other diseases. The compounds in pumpkins also help promote healthy and vibrant skin. And while you’re at it, roast up pumpkin seeds to make a delicious snack.
Cauliflower is a great fall vegetable, and can help promote a healthy gut and can protect the lining in your stomach. Cauliflower is a versatile veggie that can make many delicious fall meals while also providing you with health benefits. Cauliflowers are high in sulfur which helps to rid toxins from your body.
Sweet potato is another great fall favorite. This versatile root vegetable can create a multitude of fall themed meals while also giving you healing benefits. Sweet potatoes can help to maintain one's blood pressure, improves one's digestion, boost immunity, and reduce inflammation.
There are many other fall favorites that also have healing benefits, and many ways to use all of these foods to make healthy fall classics!