It’s not just pumpkins! Fall is the time of year when farmers markets carry many delicious seasonal foods loaded with vitamins and beneficial nutrients. Here are 6 fruits and vegetables that you should eat this fall.
The colourful season of fall doesn’t just bring us Halloween, hayrides, and pumpkin spice lattes. As the leaves fall, we can also enjoy a great selection of foods that are now available from farmers markets and grocery stores. The good thing about the seasonal fruits and veggies of fall is that most of them are not only tasty, but also very healthy. Here is our list of 6 fruits and vegetables that you should eat this fall!
Fall is apple season! You can now find many varieties of fresh apples, including some lesser-known specimens. What makes apples wonderful is that you can use them in a myriad of ways. You can eat them fresh, use them for baking pies, making juice—whatever you so desire. The various types of apple can taste quite different. Some apples are sweet while others have a much more tart flavour to them.
What makes apples nutritious is that they contain lots of beneficial fibre and are very rich in carbs, yet have a low glycaemic index. Moreover, apples are loaded with vitamin C and potassium. If you want to enjoy healthful raw juices that contain fresh apples, check out our Uzuma juices KARMA, ZEN, and FUSE.
Spinach is another vegetable we see more of as fall comes around. Spinach contains at least 13 different flavonoid compounds that function as antioxidants and anticancer agents. Spinach is rich in minerals and especially rich in vitamin K, which supports good bone and heart health. Vitamin K has also been found to protect against eye diseases such as cataracts. Spinach is thought to possibly help with age-related decline of brain function as well.
You can easily integrate spinach into your diet by including it as a side dish along with various meals. Or, you can use spinach leaves in replacement of regular lettuce for your salads. Which Uzuma juices contain spinach? Check out Uzuma ZEN, AURA, and KARMA so you can get a healthy dose of fresh spinach with every sip!
Broccoli is a true powerhouse for good health. Loaded with many vitamins and minerals, it combats heart disease, support healthy bones, helps boost the immune system, and is also believed to have anticarcinogenic properties. It is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B, folate, manganese, potassium, and magnesium, and contains a good amount of healthful fibre to boot.
Aside from how healthy it is, what makes broccoli so great is that it’s a versatile vegetable you can enjoy in many ways. You can eat broccoli as a side dish, in stews, salads, and soups, or you can enjoy it raw as a healthy snack. Check out the Uzuma juices ZEN and KARMA, both of which contain fresh broccoli.
Although carrots are harvested year-round in some areas, they’re also among those veggies that you see more frequently in fall. This is a good time to find some more uncommon carrot varieties that are sparse during the rest of the year. Check out delicious true baby carrots from your local farmers market—these will be much better than the small carrots in a bag from the supermarket!
Carrots are a very good source of antioxidants and are particularly rich in vitamin A (beta carotene), vitamin K, biotin, and potassium. They can lower blood cholesterol, help you lose weight due to their high fibre content, and promote good eye health. Carrots also support a healthy heart and are believed to have anticarcinogenic properties. If you want to enjoy the healthful benefits of carrots, check out the following juices: Uzuma VIBE, RISE, FUSE, and SHINE all contain fresh carrots!
Grapes are another excellent fruit that often becomes more available at the end of summer. They make an excellent snack that you can simply eat by the handful. You can also dry them and enjoy together with cereal or nuts, or use them for baking. Checking out your local outdoor market will likely render you better options than the average supermarket.
Grapes are rich in antioxidants and are a good source of fibre, potassium, vitamins, and minerals. They support a healthy heart and can help with high blood pressure and constipation. They also contain resveratrol, which is thought to have various health benefits including decreasing inflammation.
Come fall, you can also find figs popping up in local stores and markets. They are rich in vitamins and minerals including vitamins A, B1 and B2, manganese, potassium, magnesium, copper, iron, and phosphorus. Figs can help with high blood pressure and contain powerful antioxidants that neutralise free radicals in the body and fight disease.
The nutritional value of figs increases when they're dried. This makes them an excellent healthy snack with a wonderfully sweet yet not too intense flavour. One single dried fig contains as much calcium as one egg.
When autumn comes around, make sure to explore your local markets and stock up on these delicious fall fruits and vegetables. Fall is one of the best times of year to make healthy changes to your diet. If you want even more ideas for healthy autumn options, check out our blog on The Best Types of Autumn Foods!