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5 Fall Foods You Should Be Eating

By Brandi Goodman 

The fall season is when the hot days of summer start to slowly fade away and the cool, crisp air begins to set in. Comfort foods, fall shows, colorful leaves, and harvest festivals all become the center of attention. When it comes to fall foods in particular, there are some things you should be sure to have on your menu. Certain options are much more nutritious than others. 

Sweet Potatoes

Many people enjoy mashed or baked potatoes as their side dish to numerous fall meals. Though these are delicious to eat, they are not the best option in terms of nutrition. Sweet potatoes should really be what you're eating. They contain few calories to start. Sweet potatoes also provide a large amount of Vitamin A which boosts immunity, improves eyesight, and helps to keep vital organs working efficiently.

Apples

Apple picking is a common fall pastime, and for good reason. Apples are one of the best fall foods you can eat. They contain a large amount of Vitamin C that acts as an antioxidant necessary for fighting off toxins within the body. Boost your immune system and your overall health with an apple a day. The saying is said for a reason.

Acorn Squash

Acorn squash is another fall must-have. Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and B vitamins are plentiful in this vegetable. Nine grams of fiber are provided by a cup of squash, along with 2 grams of protein and 26 percent of the daily value of potassium. The many vitamins and nutrients in this vegetable make it worthwhile to enjoy more often.

Pumpkin Seeds

Sunflower seeds are great for summer, but pumpkin seeds are where it's at once fall hits. Pumpkins are sold at grocery stores as well as through local farms, giving you plenty of places to pick one up. You can enjoy the favorite fall activity of carving a pumpkin and placing it outside for decoration while getting to scoop out the seeds and keep them for consuming. Pumpkin seeds offer antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber that can boost your health.

Pears

Apples aren't the only fruit that's in season in the fall. Pears are also at their peak during the fall months. Fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins are plentiful in the fruit. In fact, one medium-sized pear contains roughly 6 grams of fiber, almost 2 grams more than many apples. 

Nutrition should be considered year-round. You can still enjoy some fall favorite treats here and there, but these foods and other healthy options should really be what fill your belly for the season and even thereafter. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Arnold, Mo.

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