3 Fall Foods and Ingredients to Try
Posted on Monday, November 4th, 2013 at 8:00 am
You can tell autumn has arrived by the changing color of leaves, the crisp weather, and the new ingredients you can add to your menu! Not only are these items good for your health, but they go perfectly with this season’s dishes.
Not only are pomegranates incredibly delicious and refreshing, but they’re good for you too! You can eat this fruit raw, or you can cook with it. Pomegranates go well in marinades and give a tangy flavor, or you can add their seeds to liven up a boring salad. If you’re wondering about the health benefits of pomegranates, a UCLA study has shown the fruit has high amounts of antioxidants (higher than red wine) and they provide a good source of vitamin C and folate.
2. Brussels Sprouts
Alright, so your inner child may not be too excited to see that brussels sprouts have made the cut, but it’s true! When cooked the right way brussels sprouts can be not only edible, but absolutely delicious too! Eating brussels sprouts provide a great source of vitamin A, protect against iron deficiency anemia, and help protect cardiovascular diseases. If you want to change up the way you cook your brussels sprouts try roasting them instead of steaming. Roasting your brussels sprouts will bring out the sweetness in this vegetable.
3. Sweet Potatoes
Besides eating them in the form of sweet potato fries, when is the last time you had a sweet potato? Sweet potatoes have a bunch of antioxidants in addition to anti-inflammatory properties. These qualities are especially helpful for those with asthma and arthritis. Furthermore, sweet potatoes have plenty of calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, and fiber! If you’re wondering how to cook your sweet potato try baking it! They can be quite filling so don’t be afraid to create a main course out of it.