With the change of weather and seasons comes a new variety of fruits and vegetables to enjoy for the cooler temps. Eating seasonally is not only healthier, more economical and not to mention extremely delicious, it’s a great way to switch up the nutrients and vitamins in your daily diet.

Try incorporating these autumnal fresh fruits and veggies in your meals while they’re in season!

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a staple of fall months. They grow during the summer and are best harvested during autumn and winter. Full of antioxidants and minerals, sweet potatoes can be helpful for those going through cancer treatments and experiencing side effects of the drugs they take.

They can also help you build a strong immune system, great vision, and healthy skin all at the same time. If you are looking for some interesting ways to prepare these amazing vegetables, here are some great recipes to choose from.

Apples

Apples are great year-round, but they are especially perfect for the fall. They taste the best when harvested during the months of August through November and are full of antioxidants and fiber.

One of the best things about this fruit is its versatility in consumption. Whether you enjoy them raw or sweet like in a pie, you can enjoy them many ways.

Parsnips

These vegetables may look and grow like a carrot (they’re in the same family), but parsnips differ in distinct ways. They are slightly sweeter than their orange cousin and contain large amounts of fiber, which is great for colon health. If you’ve never prepared these vegetables before, here is a recipe for you to try.

Brussel Sprouts

These vegetables can be divisive. Whether you love them or hate them, you can’t deny they’re good for you. Loaded with vitamin K, folate and iron, they are best harvested from September through early Spring so you can enjoy them throughout the fall and the winter.

Pears

Pears are an excellent fruit and just as versatile as apples. They are great alone or in a dessert dish. Along with being high in fiber, pears are an excellent source of vitamin C. This vitamin helps boost the immune system, which will be great during cold and flu season. In addition to these nutrients, pears will also provide you with potassium, which is perfect for a healthy heart.

Rutabaga

The rutabaga has a very earthy taste. A cross between a cabbage and turnip, it goes great with carrots and turnips in soups. Adding ginger, honey or lemon to them and roasting them is also an excellent way to enjoy this late fall fav. When you do consume rutabagas, you will enjoy a great helping of fiber and vitamin C.

These foods are all great options to consider during the fall months. Because they are in season, they should be relatively easy to find, whether in your local supermarket or farmer’s market. So why not try a new recipe next time with one of these options and you might just find a new fall favorite.

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