6 Fall Super Foods You Should Be Eating

by Robyn Wright on October 1, 2014

in Food

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We all know by now that fresh fruits and vegetables are tremendously important to our bodies. In the autumn we have so much produce available to us but there are some foods that are “extra good” for us. Healthy eating gives us healthier bodies. Cooking these foods really is not hard either and the results are far better than what you could imagine. Here are six super healthy foods for fall, what they can do for you, and even some recipe suggestions.

 

 

Purple and Red Grapes

Purple & Red Grapes

Yay! This is something just about everyone loves anyway. The purple and red varieties of grapes have resveratrol which is an anti-oxidant. This can help protect us from coronary heart disease. On a side note, grapes are one of those fruits that you really should try to buy organic because even after washing the pesticides can remain because of the thin skins.

beets

Beets

Now some of you may think you do not like beets, but it may just have been the way beets were prepared when you tried them at first. I grew up loving Aunt Nellie’s pickled beets that my grandma served at just about every meal. These are still delicious to me but I love fresh beets even more. Beets are rich with vitamin C, magnesium, folate, potassium, and manganese. These things can help counteract the blood pressure raising effects of sodium and most of us definitely have too much sodium in our diets. One of my favorite way to use jarred beets (but you could use fresh also) is in this Fresh and Fruity Beet Salad recipe. Even better is to roast fresh beets I think. Make up extra to serve in salads too. Make sure to read my post on how to roast beets and sauté the beet greens for a double healthy side dish.

apple

Apples

The old saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” actually has some truth to it. Studies are showing that apples can significantly lower your risk of type 2 diabetes even. Make sure you eat the peel as well because there is a lot of healthy fiber there. Apples are great additions to salads, slaws and stuffings. Even if you occasionally use them as a sweet treat in a dessert there are still nutritional benefits to them like in my Rustique Pomme Cannelle recipe.

 

cabbage

Cabbage

I personally am not a fan of cooked cabbage, Hubby loves it though. What I do like is raw cabbage which is probably better for me anyway. Cabbage is actually a natural treatment for constipation, stomach ulcers, obesity, eczema, arthritis, gout, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. Cabbage is actually higher in vitamin C than oranges! Who knew? This year I started making a Cilantro and Lime Coleslaw recipe with fresh cabbage and it is so fresh and bright tasting. This will be something I will make year round I think.

Raw sweet potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

You may have grown up eating sweet potatoes just on Thanksgiving and they were probably smothered with butter, sugar, and marshmallows. Not a bad tasting dish, but sweet potatoes deserve better I think. They are rich in B6, vitamin C, vitamin D, iron, magnesium, potassium, and beta carotene. While they are naturally sweet, the sugars are slowly released into your bloodstream which actually helps us have a balanced source of energy without a spike. Just like other potatoes they are extremely versatile. My favorite way to have them is this Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette recipe – you can do this recipe roasted in the oven if it is not grilling weather. For Thanksgiving try my recipe for Sweet Potatoes in Orange Cups which has some sweetness, but not as much as traditional sweet potatoes on Thanksgiving do.

Brussels sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Honestly I hated these when I first tried them BUT I found out once again it was the method of preparation I did not care for. My first taste of Brussels sprouts was boiled – not pleasing to my taste buds in the slightest. A few years ago I discovered that roasting vegetables makes them so completely different though and so Brussels sprouts got that treatment and they are incredible. They are a cruciferous vegetable – just like cabbage. I love that there is protein in them as well, about 2 grams of protein in a 1/2 cup serving. Again this fabulous fall food has lots of other goodies for us like vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, folate, potassium, vitamin E, most of the B complex vitamins, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, calcium, manganese, and selenium! Wow! One of the most popular posts on my blog is the Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts Recipe and I really encourage you to give it a try even if you think you do not like Brussels sprouts. Just buy a few fresh ones and make a small batch the first time even. They really are wonderful!

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Do you eat all six of these fruits and vegetables regularly? What is your favorite way to prepare them?

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1 tannawings October 2, 2014 at 5:40 am

I am a fan of all of these although I dont eat beets as much as I would like to! I love them and my darn beets didnt do well in thee garden this year for some reason.

2 Robin October 2, 2014 at 10:20 am

I stay away from beets & Brussels sprouts. However, we eat cabbage salad several times/week, and we always have apples in the house for snacking on (raw). I also love roasted sweet potatoes.

3 coupontammy October 2, 2014 at 3:11 pm

I just can’t do Brussels sprouts or Beets! The rest of your list I love. My friend loves brussel sprouts, so I will be sure to share your recipe. She will love it.

4 Leela October 5, 2014 at 3:00 am

We eat several honeycrisp apples daily here. The kids prefer them to candy.
Cabbage is a must in my minestrone.

5 Karen Goodman October 5, 2014 at 3:56 pm

Like you, I hated brussels sprouts growing up. Now I love them and they are so easy to make. I think everyone should try the hated foods of the past again if they haven’t had them in years, just to make sure their taste buds haven’t gotten more sophisticated.

I’ve got a tip for the grapes too. Freeze them! Just rinse them off and leave them on the stems, and put them in a large ziplock in the freezer. When you want a few, they will pop off the stems easily. They won’t go back and they taste like candy.

6 AngelaLilly October 11, 2014 at 8:00 am

nope. LOL I am a vegetarian who doesn’t like many veggies. LOL I will say though that beets are FANTASTIC in the creation of most of my fav veggie burgers that I get out at restaurants or buy at my local co-op. I don’t cook much. I do love grapes year round. Cabbage once in a while…hate sweet potatoes and brussel sprouts…but do eat apples and apple things all the time.

7 Selene M. October 12, 2014 at 3:41 pm

We eat a lot of grapes and I eat some apples, but only occasionally brussel sprouts and cabbage. I don’t like sweet potatoes.

8 Cindy Watrous October 13, 2014 at 1:41 pm

We eat lots of these things around here, but I can’t bring myself to eat cabbage!

9 sjgadsby October 13, 2014 at 1:48 pm

I’m still learning to love sweet potatoes, but boy, I do love fall foods. I’ll be sure to eat lots of all of these.

10 andymedders October 13, 2014 at 11:17 pm

While sweet potatoes are still growing on me as a tasty food, I was once turned off by them when my aunt assured me that she made my favorite dessert, pumpkin pie, for a Thanksgiving feast. I filled up on Turkey and ham, but saved some room for the highlight of my Thanksgiving meal and what I bit into was not a pumpkin pie. Can you guess what it was? It was a sweet potato pie. It wasn’t a terrible taste, but it wasn’t what my tastebuds were expecting and that ruined any chances of me liking sweet potatoes for a long time.

11 Birdiebee October 15, 2014 at 11:32 am

Thank you for sharing these. I eat Brussel Sprouts regularly and like to roast them in the oven with a little olive oil, salt and parmesan. I also like to eat baked sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes.

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