3 Exciting Foods to Look Forward To This Fall

Fall is definitely in the air. Even though it still feels like summer on most days with the heat and the sun bearing down, the cooler temperatures and changing leaves are just beginning to show their faces. The fall brings a lot of fun and change to our lives. Cozy clothing, nights spent at football games, and pleasant walks outside are all a part of the season. The fall also brings some yummy foods. It can be fun and delicious to add some season friendly foods to the mix. To get the fall started off right, check out these fall friendly, yet healthy, foods to add to your diet.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes, with their sweet flavor and orange color, make a great addition to a fall menu. The best part about sweet potatoes is that, when fixed right, they are also super healthy. You may save the marshmallows for Thanksgiving, and find other ways to fix this delicious fall treat. You can chop them up and bake them or fry them in a healthy oil for sweet potato french fries or chips. You can also wrap them in foil and bake them like a regular baked potato. Pretty much any way that you prepare a regular white potato, you can do the same to a sweet potato. As far as healthy benefits, sweet potatoes contain a very high amount of Vitamin A, which can help protect your vision, nails, skin, and also provide a boost to the immune system. Of course, this yummy side dish is also very low calorie and low fat, so experiment with preparation and enjoy an awesome fall treat.

Squash

Squash is another veggie that is almost completely synonymous with fall. It provides a nice array of fall colors and can also be good for months and months without souring. Squash is extremely low calorie and provides a boost of vitamins. There are a lot of ways to cook squash, but unless you are used to cooking this veggie, it might take some research. Some great ways to get started are to slice it and boil it, chop it up and saute it with onion, or slice, cover with sea salt and olive oil and bake.

Pumpkin

The most famous fall veggie has to be pumpkin. Of course, except for pumpkin pie, most people skip the eating of the vegetable and use it for fun and decoration. There are actually a lot of ways to enjoy this food as a delicious addition to meals. This is another veggie that is rich in Vitamin A, but it is also high in Vitamin B, which means more energy, healthier blood, and many other healthy benefits. To prepare pumpkin, gut the seeds and bake them on low for a super healthy snack. You can also add it in soup as a thickening agent, added in pancake mix, or added to multiple other foods as a nice flavor and a healthy boost.

The fall season is one of the most comfortable and pleasant times of year. Along with looking forward to the clothes, sports, and chilly nights, use these foods to get a brand new festive and healthy diet.

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