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Superfoods of Fall

By Donna Stark

What is a superfood? Is it a piece of broccoli dressed in a cape? Well, as great as it would be to see our favorite vegetables dressed in superhero attire, unfortunately, that is not what being a superfood is all about. Superfoods are those that are nutrient-dense and that come with too many health benefits to count. With the cold and flu season right around the corner, it is important to start packing your body with these types of foods so you can strengthen the immune systems of yourself and your loved ones. Check out a few of the fall superfoods that are available to you right now. 

Kale

It probably comes as no surprise to see this all-star superfood first on the list. Kale truly lives up to its superfood reputation; it is packed with loads of the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients your body needs. From promoting heart health to strengthening your bones, kale is one hearty vegetable that will boost your immune system and potentially change your life! 

Pumpkin

Since pumpkin is packed with vitamins and is so incredibly versatile, you can reap all the health benefits it has to offer during every meal of the day. Start with a pumpkin muffin, move on to your favorite pumpkin chili, then sit down for some delicious roasted pumpkin during the last meal of your day. Your body will thank you for all the nutrients you are giving it. 

Brussels Sprouts

Erase the memory of your childhood hatred for Brussels sprouts. With the right recipes, Brussels sprouts can taste fantastic, but that's not all. They can provide your body with essential vitamins too! Brussels sprouts have a high percentage of Vitamin C, which helps keep your immune system healthy and strong. So next time, instead of making a face when you see them on the table, go ahead and try them out! 

Butternut Squash 

We should all be glad that butternut squash has become a staple in many fall soups and meals because it is loaded with nutrients and vitamins. Butternut squash has both potassium and magnesium, which play crucial roles in the body's functions. Aside from these minerals, butternut squash also has Vitamins C and A, which aid in creating a healthy immune system. 

Don't Avoid the Superfoods of Fall

The fall superfoods above are sure to taste great and boost your immune system throughout these next few months, so try to incorporate them into the meals you cook at home! Whether you stick to your tried and true recipes or search for new ones online, you simply can't go wrong with any of them.

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