Fall brings the joy of beautiful falling leaves, cozy sweaters, and clean crisp air. It also brings the time of harvest and an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables that have been growing all summer long and are finally ready to be picked. There are many benefits when choosing fall produce – better for the environment, your health, your taste buds, and your budget. Time to hit your local farmer’s market!
Here are some of the most commonly available, nutrient-rich, and healthy fall fruits and vegetables.
- Sweet Potatoes have anti-cancer, anti-diabetic, and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Beets help muscle fatigue and prevent infections, liver damage, and heart disease (Hint: Beet Greens/Leaf’s are packed with vitamins and minerals!).
- Brussels Sprouts help fight cancer, lower cholesterol, promote weight loss, and keep your bones strong and healthy (most brussel sprouts in the US are grown in California!)
- Pumpkins are rich in fiber and antioxidants; they boost immunity, cleanse your liver, keep your skin and eyes healthy, reduce inflammation and help prevent cancer and type 2 diabetes.
- Cauliflower is rich in fiber, antioxidants, and choline and helps counter the effects of air pollution, prevent gout attacks and boost immunity.
- Kale has protein, fiber, and antioxidants. It is one of the top 10 cancer-fighting veggies and is great for your gut!
- Apples are rich in antioxidants, fiber, and phytonutrients and help reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and asthma.
- Cranberries help prevent cancer, boost immunity, help with anti-aging, cleanse the liver, and lower blood pressure.