Extraordinary Health Magazine Volume 41 - Page 58

Squash
Beets
Sweet Potatoes
Pumpkin
Brussel Sprouts and Cabbage

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Veggie Picks for Fall

by Tracey Pollack
Before even the first leaf drops , there is often a noticeable change in the air that fall is imminent . It ’ s around the same time each year that all the grocery stores and farmers markets begin to offer a colorful new assortment of seasonal autumn favorites . With such a wide variety of limited-time veggies to pick from , the next challenge is incorporating so many goodies into a finite number of recipes !

Squash

Commonly recognized for its often ornate shape , color , and texture , squash has long been a seasonal favorite . Rich in health benefits , squash is a very good source of vitamin C , magnesium , fiber , potassium , folate , vitamin B6 , vitamin K , omega-3 fatty acids , and protein . Some common types include acorn , butternut , delicata , and spaghetti squash . Roasting is one of many chefs ’ preferred ways to prepare squash , and can be delicious when simply mixing with olive oil , salt , and pepper before popping in the oven .

Beets

Beets are at their most flavorful peak in the fall , and offer a tasty way to spruce up an ordinary salad - particularly when pickled or roasted . Beets are loaded with betaine , which may help protect against both heart and liver disease . They are available in classic reddish-purple color , along with golden , white , and even multi-colored varieties .

Sweet Potatoes

Easy to spot with their bright burnt orange coloring , sweet potatoes are another classic fall favorite . They are high in beta-carotene , which is known to promote healthy eyesight , as well as vitamin C , known for its immunity-boosting properties . In addition , sweet potatoes are also a good source of fiber , with a medium sweet potato containing about four grams of fiber .

Pumpkin

Pumpkins are an iconic staple of fall , when used either for decoration or for eating ( or both !) Pumpkin is one of the top sources of alpha- and beta-carotene , which the body converts into vitamin A to promote healthy vision . Pumpkin also contains edible seeds , which can be consumed once toasted , and are a great source of alpha-linolenic acid , an omega-3 fatty acid that helps fight heart disease , high blood pressure , and high cholesterol .

Brussel Sprouts and Cabbage

Chock full of vitamin A and C , both of these cruciferous vegetables are also rich in health-enhancing glucosinolates . Brussel sprouts are especially tasty when roasted and drizzled with some extra virgin olive oil . Cabbage makes an ideal foundation for creating a raw slaw when mixed together with carrots , onion , olive oil , and apple cider vinegar .
So , be sure to get out and take advantage of these fabulous fall veggies while they are in season !
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