From Halloween to Thanksgiving, autumn arrives with many opportunities to overdo it. Fortunately, fall also brings a harvest of delicious fruits and veggies. Hit the produce aisle and farmers market stat to pick up these seasonal options.
Bob for these beauties and you’ll come up with a heaping helping of fiber. You’ll feel fuller on fewer calories, helping you control your weight. Plus, fiber fights cholesterol and lowers your heart-disease risk.
Try this: Add sliced apples to salads or tortilla wraps; dice them into a homemade turkey meatloaf; stuff a whole apple with raisins, cinnamon, and oats and bake for a breakfast or dessert treat.
Low in calories and high in vitamin C, fiber, and folate, Brussels sprouts also contain antioxidants that protect your cells.
Try this: Roast at a high heat; steam with lemons, mustard, and walnut oil.
Each spoonful serves up plenty of vitamins, minerals, and plant-based compounds called phytochemicals, which help keep arteries clear.
Try this: Steam, then puree with plain Greek yogurt, garlic, and a bit of Parmesan; roast with olive oil and garlic; eat raw with your favorite low-fat dressing.
These fruits and their juices may contain the very same antioxidants that give red wine its heart-healthy benefits.
Try this: Roast and combine with thyme, mustard, and cooking wine as a sauce for lean meats.
Rich in fiber, these bright tubers count as a great source of vitamin A (great for skin, eyes and your immune system) and potassium (great for a normal blood pressure).
Try this: Dice and stir into hearty soups, stews, and chili.