While most people think of candy and pumpkin spice when Fall comes along, nature also provides us with some delicious options during this time of year! If you’re looking for a way to stay healthy during this season, you’re in the right place. We’ve compiled a list of fruits and veggies that are at their prime during the Fall season.
Squash & Pumpkins
Let’s start with one of the most obvious options. Pumpkins are good for more than just decorating, too! These are known to boost your heart health and immune system. Try roasting them, topping your breakfast foods with them, or even making a soup. Squash is also a lovely option, and can be used as a stew, side dish, or even as a substitute for spaghetti if you choose Spaghetti Squash!
Arugula & Kale
These leafy greens love chilly weather and make for a great salad base! Arugula alone has a bit more of a spicy taste than other greens, so try pairing it with other flavors such as goat cheese and feta, pears, cranberries, or even other greens! Kale can be roasted to make kale chips, or perhaps paired with Quinoa and some fruits for a healthy salad.
Apples & Pears
These juicy fruits are at their prime during Autumn! They’re also a great source of sweetness if you’re trying to cure a sweet tooth while staying away from processed foods. Either of these can be used as a sauce, salad topper, cider, or an ingredient in baked goods. Try heating them up and pairing them with granola and ice cream for a delicious festive treat.
It’s no surprise that this tart fruit is in its prime right in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Not only are they versatile, but they have a long shelf life as well, lasting up to 2 months in a refrigerator and almost a year in the freezer! Try these as a sauce, a side dish, a topping to meat, or even a dessert!
Eggplant & Zucchini
Although these veggies don’t have an extended shelf life, they sure are versatile. They can be roasted and served alone, included in pastas and soups, and even used in baking! Eggplants are also a great source of fiber and antioxidants.
While this list could go on for essentially forever, we’ll leave it at this for now. Some other Fall harvest staples include parsnips, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, sweet potatoes, Swiss chard and more. This is a great time of the year to try out a new recipe or add some extra veggies to your diet! Looking for a way to use some of these fruits and veggies? Check out our post on Halloween snacks!