It's that time of year again. With the reemergence of the fall seasonal menu at Starbucks, you might be tempted to try everything pumpkin-spice related. But there's so much more to fall. The harvest season brings a bounty of healthy foods that are delicious and good for your body.
Yes, it is possible to eat pumpkin without the spice. This orange vegetable is rich in fiber, which keeps your digestive system happy. Pumpkins are loaded with beta-carotene (a fancy word for pigment), that your body converts to vitamin A, and it keeps your vision and immune system healthy.
Don't throw out the seeds just yet. Pumpkin seeds are rich in phytosterols that reduce levels of LDL, the bad cholesterol. They're also rich in the amino acid tryptophan, which helps produce serotonin, the happy chemical.
2. Brussel sprouts
Seeing these shrunken cabbages might make you cringe, but Mom and Dad made you eat them for good reasons. Brussel sprouts are a good source of iron, which is needed for oxygen transportation in the body. They also contain a decent amount of folate, fiber, vitamin C and vitamin K. If cooked right, this vegetable can be a winner.
These little ruby jewels are high in antioxidants, which reduce inflammation in the digestive tract and prevents diseases. Pomegranates are rich in fiber as well. They're also a good source of vitamins B, C, and K. Once you get the hang of how to get to the seeds, pomegranates make a good snack.
Their funky colour comes from betalains, which also give them anti-inflammation and antioxidant properties. Beets are packed with folate, vitamin C, and magnesium. Their 90% water content makes them low carb, perfect for those watching their weight.
Pears are jam-packed with soluble fiber, which reduces LDL. They also contain a sufficient amount of vitamin C, which aids iron absorption, and copper, which boosts the central nervous system. Go sweet, go savory, the options are endless with this tart fruit.
Not many people know of this squat little orange fruit, but they are packed with vitamins A and C, and minerals manganese and potassium. Persimmons also have detox properties, helping with flushing out toxins.
#SpoonTip: choose the non-astringent kind.
7. Butternut squash
While these look nice as Thanksgiving centerpieces, they're even better when eaten. Butternut squash are saturated with vitamins A, C, and B6, which boosts the immune system. They're low in calories but rich in fiber. They also contain good levels of essential minerals.
Fall brings an array of colours, not just in leaves, but in the selection of produce as well. With a range of fruits and vegetables to choose from, eating the best of what autumn has to offer adds to the many joys of the season.