Fall is a gorgeous season with beautiful colors all around. And pumpkin spice lattes! But the very best part about fall is the delicious and healthy food it offers us. We have put together a list of foods that not only taste good, but also have great nutritional and medicinal properties. Here are my 5 favorite fall foods as medicine:
This is the very first food that comes to mind when you think of fall. While it is mostly associated with Pumpkin spice lattes and Halloween Jack O’ Lanterns, pumpkins offer a great number of health and medicinal benefits. Pumpkin is a great way to improve you vision as it contains vitamin A. Vitamin A especially boosts good vision in dim light. It can slow down the decline of retinal function. Pumpkin seed oil, which is full of phytoestrogens, helps lower blood pressure. The fiber in pumpkin can help protect your heart and pumpkin seeds, rich in, promote better sleep! So all of these benefits are packed in just one fall food!
Apple a day keeps the doctor away? There is a good reason why this metaphor is popular. That’s because it is true. Apples are very healthy and really should be eaten every single when they come during fall season. Research has shown that apples improve neurological health, protecting cells against oxidative stress that can induce neurotoxicity. This reduces chances of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. It also protects against Parkinson’s disease. Certain compounds in apples, tri-terpenoids, work against the growth of cancer cells in the body. Apples reduce cholesterol, risk of diabetes, diarrhea and constipation. The list can go on for apples so start eating them daily!
but when made the right way, they are very tasty. And they are a rich source of vitamin and folate as well as iron. They are good for cancer protection as well. So now you know why it is so important to eat your greens!
Now this is definitely a favorite! Whether you bake them or poach, pears are a very healthy fall food. Pears are a rich source of vitamins C and K and many other important nutrients like copper which fight free radicals and protect our cells. They also have a lot of dietary fiber, which is very good for the heart as it lowers cholesterol levels. Pears also help control diabetes as they are a delicious fibrous snack.
Also very delicious, pomegranates are known for being an excellent source of antioxidants as well as vitamin C. They are also filled with fiber, have anti-inflammatory properties and can lower blood pressure and help you fight arthritis and joint pain. Studies have also shown that pomegranates are a great defense against Alzheimer’s and certain cancers. Also, research has shown that antioxidant levels in pomegranate juice are higher than they are in red wine.
Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad
Here is one of my favorite salads to make in Fall!
2 cups shaved Brussels Sprouts
small shallot, thinly sliced
¼ cub slivered almonds
¼ cup dried cranberries
1 diced pear
1 diced apple
4 Tbsp. olive oil
2 Tsp. lemon juice
½ tsp. sea salt
¼ tsp. white pepper
Mix Brussels Sprouts, shallot, almonds, cranberries, pear and apple together in a bowl.
Wisk remaining ingredients and toss. Chill for 1 hour and serve!
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