4 Fall Superfoods You Have to Try
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4 Fall Superfoods You Have to Try

Posted on Friday, August 30th, 2013 at 8:00 am
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Check out our 4 picks for the fall's best superfoods! Fall is finally here! The new season brings changing colors, falling leaves, and more importantly, new ingredients to incorporate into your favorite meals. Look at this new season as an opportunity to incorporate seasonal superfoods that pack a nutritional punch. We’ve picked 4 seasonal superfoods, oats, walnuts, pumpkin, and beans, that you’ll love, and have provided some suggestions on how to use them.   

Oats

Fall’s arrival, unfortunately for some and fortunately for others,  also means back-to-school season is upon us. Not only do oats provide a satisfying and filling breakfast for those headed off to school, but studies have shown they are a wonderful source of fiber, are low in calories, and offer a healthy source of protein. Whether you’re a fan of oatmeal, love using it as an ingredient in your baking, or can’t stop putting it in your yogurt, oats are a healthy addition to your diet.  If you’re looking for more ways to incorporate oats into your lifestyle check out our article January is National Oatmeal Month.

Walnuts

Although they’re tiny walnuts are certainly mighty when it comes to their health benefits. Despite being known as fatty, this little nut is a great source of protein, lowers cholesterol, and has even been shown to improve memory. Not only are they portable, but they make nutritious snacks and even go well with other superfoods too (hint: try adding them to your oatmeal!).To gain more insight on  why you should choose walnuts as your next snack food check out our article Eating Well on a Budget: Part 5 – Protein.

Pumpkin

If you’re ready for pumpkin-spice-everything season you’ll love adding this great superfood to your meals! Although pumpkin is rarely thought of as a food, this fruit (yep, it’s actually a fruit) is inexpensive, high in fiber, low in calories, and is available year round in cans.  If you’re scratching your head trying to figure out how to cook a pumpkin we’ve got several ideas. To learn how to make the most of this superfood read our article How to Get the Most Out of Your Pumpkin.

Beans

Not only are beans a household staple, but these legumes are non-perishables that can be added to a multitude of dishes. Beans offer a delicious and nutritious alternative to meat and are an incredible low-fat source for protein. In addition to protein, beans are a fantastic source for fiber, B vitamin, iron, and magnesium. Besides being a superfood superstar, adding beans to your family’s meal plans can save you money in the long run. Find out more by reading the Try Meatless Mondays to Improve Your Health and Save Money article.

 

Even though we’ve only scratched the surface of delicious seasonal superfoods we’d love to hear what some of your favorites are and how you’ve added them to your meals. Keep us updated!

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