Fall is officially here, and one of the biggest changes of the season will soon be evident at your local farmer’s market. Brightly-covered summer favorites like tomatoes and blueberries will soon be replaced, but cooling temps don’t mean giving up on flavor or health benefits. You’ll soon have a new crop of produce to choose from, and here are some of our favorite autumn superfoods that pack a nutritional punch while offering plenty of flavor!
These members of the allium family are milder than onions and make the perfect addition to your favorite fall soups, stews and stocks. Leeks are loaded with sulfur compounds that may reduce your risk of cancer, especially prostate and digestive cancers, and heart disease. Never used leeks before? Simply swap them as a sub for onions in recipes or try them caramelized for a simple side.
These fruits reach their peak in cooler months, and they are loaded with antioxidants and fiber. They are also a low-glycemic food, making them a perfect fruit choice for people monitoring their blood sugar.
Store your pears at room temp until they ripen, then store them in your fridge to slow the ripening process until you are ready to eat them. Slice ‘em up and serve with almond butter, eat them whole, use them to top off a slice of toast or add them to your favorite salad.
Full of anitoxidants and nutrients like beta-carotene, Vitamin C, fiber, Vitamin K, folate and potassium, brussels sprouts are nutritional powerhouses that can be prepared in so many different ways. These baby cabbages are excellent when roasted, but you can also enjoy them raw or shaved. Try serving them up with shallots and bacon, or using them as a base for a salad. The best part? Brussel sprouts can last weeks in your fridge if stored in the coldest part!
Excellent sources of Vitamins K, C and A, yellow-orange winter squashes like pumpkin and acorn squash can help maintain eye health, reduce your risk of cancer and decrease inflammation. We love squash roasted with spices and herbs like thyme and sage, and it is also great when served with wild rice stuffing.
Loaded with Vitamin C, grapefruits are a yummy way to boost your immune system during flu season. Start your day off by eating a half grapefruit with breakfast. Kick it up a notch by broiling it with a touch of brown sugar and cinnamon, or add fresh grapefruit to a feta and walnut salad.
Eating a healthy diet loaded with these and other seasonal superfoods can help you feel your best and help boost your immune system. If you find yourself struggling during this challenging time, remember that chiropractic can help and we are here for you! We remain open to help our patients feel their best and take care of their health, and we are taking additional precautions to make your visit a safe and positive one. If you’d like to make an appointment, please give us a call at 360-573-5500.