7 Foods To Eat This Harvest

Posted in: Basic Nutrition  on Thursday, September 7, 2017

Although summer is a great time to buy fruits and vegetables, it is not the only season where fantastic produce can be found. Autumn is the ideal time to buy produce and since it's just around the corner now is the time to ditch your summer diet and make room for your fall favorites. Here are some of the in season vegetables and fruits you should be filling up on this autumn.

Beets

Although beets aren’t just a crop found in the fall, they are certainly the tastiest during autumn. Beets are extremely high in iron, making them the perfect addition to the diet of an individual with low iron. Beets are great (in moderation) for athletes and highly active individuals due to the natural occurrence of nitrates, which increase blood flow. Beets also benefit those at risk for dementia.

Persimmons

If you aren’t familiar with this fruit, they resemble an orange tomato with a leafy top. Persimmons are a great source of antioxidants and fiber and are the most delicious when soft. Their starchy sweetness makes them an excellent treat for dessert.

Cranberries

If cranberries aren't a fall time staple then I don't know what else is. In order to take advantage of their health benefits, avoid the excess sugar that is typically mixed in with tart cranberries. Aside from tasting delicious and their ability to dress up any dish, cranberries improve oral health and help prevent UTI’s.

Brussels Sprouts

Brussel sprouts get a bad wrap. Regardless of how many times your mother forced you to eat them as a kid, don’t shy away from consuming them as an adult. Brussel sprouts are high in vitamin A, vitamin C and in a cancer-fighting compound called glucosinolate.

Pears

Although most grocery stores have pears all year round, they are at their tastiest during the fall. This juicy fruit contains roughly 6 grams of fiber and won’t spike your blood sugar.

Turnips

Although turnips are hardly the most loved root vegetable, they are packed full of fiber. If you don't outrightly enjoy the taste of turnips, add them to your favorite soup!

Leeks

Leeks can be added to just about any meal and taste delicious. Leeks, often seen as overgrown green onions, are their own vegetable with their own flavor. They are also a great source of vitamin K and many other minerals.

As you enjoy the last weeks of summer, don't forget there is still fresh food ready for consumption! If you are looking to get on track with your diet, eating locally grown, seasonal produce is a great place to start. Not only is it a tastier option but it is cheaper! Diversify your diet and take advantage of the upcoming harvest season.