Saying goodbye to warm weather as we move further and further into fall is definitely not easy. I’m definitely having a difficult time without my favorite seasonal summer produce such as fresh berries and delicious watermelon. Don’t get me wrong, you can always find all types of produce somewhere, but hauling that produce across the country (or world) is not cheap or easy! Indulging in fall fruits and veggies is a great way to decrease our carbon footprint, save some cash, and immerse yourself into the wonderful fall season. Get the best that fall has to offer by checking out these seasonal delicious and super healthy autumnal fruits and vegetables!

Apples

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An apple a day keeps the doctor away, am I right? During this time of the year, apples are always on sale and extra delicious. Last week I picked up a bunch of Honeycrisp apples (aka the best apples in the world) for only $1.49/lb! Apples are packed with fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants; making them a perfect heart-healthy and filling snack.

I know just eating an apple can be boring, but here are some different ways to incorporate apples into your meals, such as yummy pies or cookies and even burgers!!

2. Cranberries

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Yes I know it’s not Thanksgiving yet, but it doesn’t have to be a holiday for you to enjoy this deliciously tart fruit. Cranberries taste the best in October through November. Only about 5% of them are sold fresh while the majority of them are dried, canned, or made into juices. Cranberries have been shown to decrease urinary tract infections, prevent certain types of cancer, and improve your immune system. Not to mention, half a cup of cranberries is only 25 calories! I personally love sprinkling dried cranberries over my salads, but there are tons of other ways to utilize this tiny fruit.

While eating cranberries fresh may taste too bitter for some people, here are some different things to do with fresh cranberries to make them more delicious!

3. Pomegranates

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If you’re not familiar with the pomegranate, it is a very nutrient dense and rich fruit. Only the juice and seeds on the inside are edible, so you have to take off the outer layer first. You can usually only purchase this fruit fresh September through January, so this time of the year is perfect to stock up on pomegranates. When kept in the fridge, they can last up to 2 months!!

Not only is this fruit loaded with antioxidants and good for your heart, it has been shown to prevent cancer! A glass of pomegranate juice contains more antioxidants than red wine, blueberries, or cranberries. Try tossing the seeds on a salad or add them to a smoothie to make it extra healthy and delicious.

Yumm!

4. Squash

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In addition to being adorable Thanksgiving centerpieces, squash are a great vegetable to have around during fall/winter. There are many different kinds including acorn squash, butternut, delicata, and spaghetti squash. Health benefits of squash include a huge amount of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, fiber, potassium, and more! Not only are they super good for you, they can be prepared a million different ways.

Many people like to use spaghetti squash as a low-carb alternative to real spaghetti. I personally enjoy roasting acorn squash in the oven! I just roasted a squash last night with dinner and it was delicious!

All you have to do is cut an acorn squash in half, scoop out the seeds, sprinkle a little brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter inside, and bake at 400°F for about an hour. Boom, easy.

Other alternatives to just baking them include baking it into mac and cheese, making it into soup, or using them as a topping for pizza!

5. Sweet Potatoes

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Fall is definitely the peak season for these orange beauties. Packed with vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber; these versatile taters are a great addition to any dinner. It’s best to try and leave the skin on for the most fiber benefits. In the past I just bake them and add my favorite toppings, sometimes brown sugar and cinnamon.. other times salt and pepper… whatever I feel like that day! If my way is too boring, you can spice up your potatoes by making them into tater tots, potato chips, french fries, etc.

If you’re feeling super creative, Buzzfeed has some crazy ways to use up sweet potatoes. They have recipes with how to make sweet potatoes into things like burgers and humus, even ice cream. Yes, I said ice cream.

  • Written by Taylor Lefaiver, WPE

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