Fall began on Wednesday 23 September and will end on Monday 21 December 2015. It is the time when temperatures gradually fall as we head towards winter. However, few people understand that amazing health benefits that they can derive from this season. To people who are conscious about the nutritional value of food, fall is a season to look forward to.
Before discussing important nutrition tips for this autumn, it is crucial that we appreciate why we need to concentrate on some foods in particular seasons. Nature works in such a manner as to provide particular foods during specific seasons. This implies that there are some nutrients that are abundant during certain seasons and scarce during others.
To this end, you must not be left out on the nutritional feast of any season. This should not be misconstrued to mean that you cannot get the same nutrient during ‘offseason’. It means you must eat more of a particular nutrient when it is in season. As part of nature, you must obey natural law.
There are other reasons for observing season-specific nutrition. To begin with, you will spend less on a particular food product when it is in season since supply will be high and the price will be low. In addition, fresh food has greater nutritional value and health benefits than frozen or canned varieties. Lastly, fresh food has the best taste and flavour thus making it more palatable that when it is offseason.
There are many fruits, vegetables and other foods that will make this autumn the most beneficial in terms of nutrition and health if you follow the tips below:
Eat Lots Of Tangerines
Tangerines belong to the citrus family, like oranges and lemons, but have unique benefits. They are versatile in terms of the recipes that can accommodate them. You can combine them with dates, almonds and honey or add their juice to ginger or vinegar as part of dressing. These sweet but small fruits are packed with beta-carotene and vitamin C to reduce the risk of cancer and promote healthy skin.
Make Apples Your Friend
Fall is the apple season and the best you can do is to obey nature and incorporate these fruits into your diet and recipes. The good thing with apples is that you can eat them full and raw. You may also want to bake them and have them as part of your meal. Expect abundant antioxidants, dietary fiber and flavonoids. You will also enjoy improved general wellbeing, effective digestion and weight control among other benefits.
Treat Your Body To A Grapefruit Party
This may be a citrus fruit but it is known for its tartness. This autumn, make the wise decision to eat as much of this fruit as possible. You will relish a blend of grapefruit and greens or a mixture of grapefruit and avocado. How about a refreshing glass of grapefruit juice that is packed with antioxidants? Need I mention that vitamin C, lycopene and pectin are waiting for you when you eat this fruit? This means you will be protecting your skin, keeping away cancer and lowering cholesterol at the same time.
Feast On Cauliflower Often
Fall is the time when this sweet vegetable hits the market. There are many ways to eat cauliflower. It can be a perfect complement for side dishes. You can also steam this vegetable and mix it with mashed potato. Some people also like to puree it into soup. In an era when cases of cancer are on the increase, you definitely need food with elements that can avert this fatal disease. Cauliflower also controls blood cholesterol and is packed with vitamin C.
Incorporate Brussels Sprouts In Your Meals
This veggie is abundant in autumn and has a heavenly taste. I know some people don’t like the somewhat bitter taste of brussels sprouts, but when this vegetable is blended with spicy and flavourful sauces such as balsamic vinegar, it becomes irresistible. When I do this, I am assured that I have more than my daily requirement of vitamin K, folate and iron, which all crucial minerals for my body to perform optimally.
Enrich Your Pies With Pumpkins
The squash family is amazing considering the nutrients packed in these foods. I believe a pumpkin is a versatile food item if you take into account the variety of ways it can be prepared, blended and eaten. This fall, incorporate this tasty food into your cakes, pies and pudding and enjoy its amazing nutritional content. I am talking of fiber, vitamin B and potassium to name a few nutrients.
Make Sweet Potatoes Part Of Your Diet
This is another wonderful serving that fall brings to your table. You can boil or roast sweet potatoes and even enjoy them as part of your breakfast. I enjoy the roasted type more because most of the nutrients are not lost when preparing it as opposed to the boiled type. Apart from the obvious sugary taste, sweet potatoes contain vitamin A and iron and are known to lessen inflammations.
Your Grace Guru