Fall Foods (and their benefits) Part 1

With the Fall and Winter ahead of us, it is important to stay healthy and be informed of all the ways we can stay healthy. What best place to start than with what we put in our bodies daily. Below are a few fruits and vegetables that are in season and that can be purchased locally at farmer’s markets. What is great about farmer’s markets is that they are grown locally and travel less to get to you. Let’s take a look at some of them and what they have to offer.

Apples. Rich in antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber they may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.

Beets. High in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and manganese. Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects.

Carrots. Most of the benefits of carrots can be attributed to their beta-carotene and fiber content. This root vegetable is also a good source of antioxidant agents. Furthermore, carrots are rich in vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, vitamin B8, pantothenic acid,folate, potassium, iron, copper, and manganese.

Recipe:

beet-carrot-apple

Mix and blend all three to make a delicious juice or smoothie.

Take one or two apples (depending on how sweet you want it)

half a beet, and about 2-3 carrots.

Put in blender or juicer. Mix until smooth consistency. Enjoy!

 

Broccoli. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin B1, vitamin A potassium and copper. Broccoli is also a good source of vitamin B1, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, zinc, calcium, iron, niacin and selenium.

How to enjoy:

beet-carrot-apple-1

Broccoli can be steamed and eaten with ranch. Or it can be used along with carrots and steamed for a nice side dish with chicken and rice.

Or it can be chopped up and grilled in an omelette fashion with eggs (my favorite breakfast staple. see above)

Check out this post on local farmer’s markets in LA and how to get there.

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