There are a lot of nutrients kicking around this time of year, and a ton of flavor, too. Of course, there are apples, pumpkins, and the pies you make them with, but there is a lot more to take advantage of.
And for the record, although they sound healthy, the pies aren’t doing much for you other than giving your tastebuds a treat.
One seasonal food that tastes great, has versatility, and packs a ton of nutrients is eggplant. Eggplants are rich in antioxidants that can protect your brain and limit inflammation. They may also help lower cholesterol.
Try eggplant this way: cut it into thin slices and sprinkle with salt before allowing to stand for 10 minutes. Blot with a paper towel to get rid of excess water, and drizzle with olive oil. Roast for 15 minutes at 375, flipping halfway through.
Butternut squash is another seasonal specialty that can boost the quality of your diet this fall. If it is loaded with beta-carotene, which can support eye, skin, and bone health. It is also a rich source of vitamin C, which is good for immune health, and fiber, which helps your gut.
Pomegranate is another awesome autumn treat. You may have had pomegranate juice before, but have you ever eaten the seeds? If not, you should try it. It is very fun and very healthy.
Top your oatmeal with pomegranate seeds, or add them to salads.
Leeks are another healthful food you can try out this season. They’re related to garlic and onions, so you already know they can offer some real value. Leeks are rich in polyphenols and vitamin K. Vitamin K can contribute to strong bones and may boost insulin sensitivity.
Expand your diet this season with fresh seasonal produce. Your tastebuds and your body may thank you.