5 Fall Super Foods You Aren’t Eating
Pumpkin spice coffee, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin…everything. We get it. There are certain nutrition-packed fall foods that will always be on the menu. But if you’re tired of roasting butternut squash, peeling apples, and trying to figure out how the hell you’re supposed to eat a pomegranate, switch up your diet and give these “I-didn’t-know-those-were-in-season” powerhouses a try. Now you know!
Chestnuts: These little holiday favorites are hiding a big secret: They’re loaded with vitamin C! Chestnuts are the only nuts that contain a significant amount of the antioxidant vitamin and they provide almost 65% of your recommended daily value. Just make sure you reach for the roasted version and avoid anything candied.
Turnip greens: Don’t be intimidated by these leafy greens. They’re packed with vitamin A, an antioxidant essential for keeping your vision 20/20; iron; and calcium. Bonus: the magnesium found in turnip greens helps your body absorb and use calcium more efficiently.
Concord grapes: Some studies have shown that these dark purple grapes may help prevent memory loss due to their anti-inflammatory properties. Concord grapes also contain resveratrol, a potent antioxidant that comes from the skin of the fruit. So skip the juice and snack on whole grapes.
Parsnips: At first glance, you might think these slim veggies are carrots. Parsnips are low in saturated fat and high in osteoporosis-fighting vitamin K. Look for skinny parsnips when shopping and try them mashed, like potatoes, with a little garlic and light sour cream.
Beets: These tiny, bright red veggies contain nearly 20 vitamins and minerals! Beets are super low in calories — a half cup only contains about 40 — and have nearly zero fat. They’re also an excellent source of folate, an essential nutrient for expectant moms.
xx, The FabFitFun Team