For many people, fall is the season of breezy wind, cozy sweaters, and sipping on that hot beverage. But it’s also the time of harvest that brings an abundance of fresh foods that grew all summer and are now ripe and ready to enjoy.
Fall produce is not just delicious but is also packed with nutrients your body needs to keep your immune system strong before it becomes chilly. Seasonal foods are often better for your health, the environment, your taste buds, and budget-friendly. Here, we have jotted down some of the commonly available, nutrient-rich fall produce and how it benefits your body:
- Pomegranate: Pomegranate is a monsoon fruit that has immunity-boosting properties. It helps in the prevention of numerous infections like cold and flu. Pomegranate is a rich source of antioxidants and also contains anti-inflammatory properties that benefit arthritis patients. It also controls blood pressure.
- Corn: October is the peak season for corn, so get it while you can! They are a rich source of fibre and low in fat which helps to prevent constipation and aids digestion.
- Pear: You can boost your immunity with the consumption of 1 pear every day during the monsoon season. It is also a rich source of Vitamin C and loaded with fibre. They help with digestion, control cholesterol, and regulate the body’s absorption of sugar, too.
- Pumpkin: They are filled with omega-3 fatty acids and beta-carotene which boost the immune system and aid in eye and skin health. You can make a whole stuffed pumpkin snack and don’t forget pumpkin seeds are the perfect snacking option too.
- Black Rice: Black rice is a good choice in the fall season as they are a rich source of antioxidants, fibre, and acts as a natural detoxifier. They also improve overall heart health.
- Sweet Potatoes: These root vegetables are equally delicious in desserts and savoury dishes. And, despite their rich and sweet flavour, sweet potatoes are very nutritious. They are loaded with carotenoids, vitamin E, potassium, and copper and helps in immune function.
- Kale: Fall is the season to enjoy green leafy vegetables like kale as they are an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, fibre, and manganese. You can make salads or add them to delicious smoothies.
Over to you:
Eating seasonally adds more variety to your diet and keeps things interesting, so you don’t get bored easily. And there’s taste, too. Enjoy this fall season by including all the