Fresh, seasonal produce isn’t only available during the summer months. Even when temperatures cool down and winter weather is on the horizon, there are plenty of delicious and wholesome seasonal foods to enjoy. Consider adding some of these flavorful fall favorites to your menu this season:
When most of us think about fall foods, squash are probably one of the first things that come to mind. Squash are nutritious, delicious, and surprisingly versatile. With several different varieties of squash to choose from, including butternut, acorn, and spaghetti squash, there are so many possibilities for adding them to your fall meal routine. The next time you’re at your local supermarket or farmer’s market, pick up one or more varieties of squash to try. Get the most from their rich flavor by baking your squash with your favorite seasonings, or adding them to your favorite soups.
Most fruits are associated with summer weather, but pears are actually at their peak during the fall season. Not only are pears sweet and delicious, but they are also high in fiber. Fiber improves digestive function, and also supports healthy cholesterol levels. Best of all, they are usually readily available at most grocery stores. One of the easiest ways to enjoy pears is to simply eat the fruit whole. If you’re looking for some creative ways to enjoy the flavor of fresh pears, try adding sliced pears to your favorite salads, or use them during baking.
Mushroom are an excellent source of many key vitamins and minerals. They also provide protein, and their rich flavor makes them a great meat substitution for people following a vegetarian diet. Though you can generally find them year-round, they are best during the fall and winter months. Try to select mushrooms that feel firm and are even in color. Whenever possible, hand-select each mushroom rather than purchasing a large package. Doing so will help you avoid ending up with less-than-fresh mushrooms. Enjoy them in soups, sandwiches, or even as filling in tacos.
Like mushrooms, you can generally find sweet potatoes all year long, but sweet potatoes are especially flavorful during the fall season. Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, and are surprisingly versatile. You can enhance their naturally-sweet taste by baking them and adding a little bit of cinnamon. You can also prepare them using the same toppings you would add on a regular baked potato. Diced baked sweet potato makes an excellent topping for salads.
Adding fresh, seasonal foods to your diet is a great way to enjoy flavorful meals that are packed with nutrition. Switching up your menu to suit the seasons is an excellent way to add variety, and help you stick to a healthy diet. To give your diet and exercise routine an extra boost, try adding Meratrim®. Research shows that Meratrim® may help people reach their weight-management goals in as little as two weeks. Learn how to buy Meratrim®, or contact one of our helpful representatives for more information.