YMCA Healthy Living Magazine, powered by n4 food and health (Autumn 2015) - Page 12

EMMA STUBBS, APD Emma is a recent graduate dietitian. Emma is open to new and exciting opportunities as she’s keen to increase her knowledge and experience in the wonderful world of dietetics. She has developed a strong interest in gastroenterology, renal, eating disorders and international nutrition and delivers the blog Broccoli & Blueberries (www.emmajstubbs.com). Read more about Emma at www.n4food andhealth.com FIVE FABULOUS AUTUMN FRUITS Autumn has arrived. And with a new season comes a whole new range of fruits and vegetables that we can include into our eating pattern, and at a nice price too. That’s the benefit of eating seasonally – cheap and great quality produce. Nutrition expert Emma Stubbs explains. o as we sadly say goodbye to lovely priced luscious berries, fabulous figs and our sweet and juicy stone fruit for another season, we get to introduce some of those autumn favourites. S Apples So many varieties and colours. Right now Royal Gala, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious and Granny Smith are plentiful, and the prices of my beloved Pink Lady, Fuji and Sundowner will come down later in the season. Apples are a good source of dietary fibre that helps keep our digestive systems healthy, stabilising cholesterol levels and adds bulk to keep us satiated for longer. They also provide some immune-system boosting vitamin C, which is perfect as the weather cools, and potassium to help ensure our muscles and nerves are working optimally and we’re maintaining a healthy blood pressure. Enjoy fresh as a snack or chopped in a fruit salad. Poach or stew apples with some cinnamon and clove for a wonderful addition to porridge or yoghurt. Stuff them for a nice after dinner dessert, and for those special occasions, they make a lovely pie, tart, crumble or teacake. Apples can be added to curries, used in ‘slaws and made into a sauce for the 12 YMCA HEALTHY LIVING MAGAZINE AUTUMN 2015