Autumn is the season of the year when people get the feel of blues in spite of the yellow, orange and brown hues. Ironic, but this is the moment where most people feel depressed and melancholic. On the contrary, autumn is the season when grocery stores and markets are filled with an abundant supply of various fruits and vegetables that could do some trick to hype up your mood. Take a look through the list of foods that are perfect for the autumn season.
PUMPKINS. More than just a Halloween decoration, pumpkins contain high amounts of Vitamin C, folate and beta –carotene which is a vital antioxidant. The seeds are also packed with nutrients making it an excellent source of omega 3-fatty acids zinc and protein. All its vitamins and minerals work by reducing your risks of developing cancer and heart disease. Incorporate it as a side dish or a filling to your pie. There so many ways you can enjoy a delicious pumpkin meal and its health benefits.
APPLES. The saying “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away” should have some truth to it especially since apple is a good source of powerful antioxidants known as flavonoids. Eating a diet composed with foods that are enriched with flavonoids reduces your chances of acquiring heart disease, heart attack or cancer. You can simply eat the apple raw or cook it with your favorite apple-laden recipes.
PEARS. The amount of fiber you get from eating one and a half cups of brown rice can be attained by just eating a piece of pears. Four grams of soluble fiber found in pears can go a long way of controlling sugar levels and reducing cholesterol levels in the blood.
CRANBERRIES. A healthy fruit that is fully mature by autumn, Cranberries have low-calorie content and anthocyanins which are considered as a heart-friendly antioxidant. The latter gives the cranberries the red color and is also the component found in wines and teas. It is also effective in decreasing the risks for cancer, heart disease, gum disease and ulcer and it also helps prevent the occurrence of urinary tract infection. Most of the cranberries sold in the market often come in dried or manufactured into a form of wine, juice or sauce. It is best paired with apples and pears and even as an extra flavor to your ordinary muffins and baked goodies.
PARSNIPS. When choosing for parsnips with good quality, you will notice that it is sized small to medium and feels smooth and firm when touched. Although it looks like carrots, it differs greatly by its flavor and nutritional value. It contains same amount of Vitamin A with carrots but additional nutrients of fiber, Vitamin C, iron and calcium makes it ahead of the latter. Traditional way of cooking parsnips is by boiling and afterwards mashing it with carrots. Similarly, it can use cooking techniques of steaming, microwaving, sautéing and roasting.
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