Fall is finally upon us and with it comes a load of seasonal vegetables!
Eating vegetables is very important in maintaining a balanced and healthy diet but buying them isn’t always easy on your wallet. Buying vegetables in season, however, is cheaper and can help you save — vegetable growing and selling follows the basic laws of supply and demand.
In addition, in-season vegetables tend to have better flavor, and, if they are grown locally, chances are they are richer in nutrients because they weren’t picked prematurely.
So mix things up with some in-season vegetables this fall!
Here is our list of 5 Fall vegetables for you to try:
Artichoke – Best boiled or steamed, Artichokes are high in fiber, but low in fat and calories. They are also an excellent source for folic acid and contain good amounts of vitamin C, antioxidants, and a variety of minerals. Remove the leaves one at a time and eat the soft, fleshy base dipped in the sauce of your choice. And don’t forget to eat the heart that’s left when all the leaves have been removed — it’s the best part!
Pumpkin – Being a part of the squash family, they can be boiled, baked, steamed, or roasted, like any other squash, to create a variety of dishes. Pumpkins are rich in vitamin A, fiber, the antioxidant beta-carotene, amino acids and potassium. And don’t forget to roast and eat the seeds too — they contain certain plant-based chemicals called phytosterols, which have been shown in studies to reduce “bad” cholesterol.
Kale – Kale is a leafy green that has gained a big reputation as a nutritional powerhouse. It’s high in fiber, low in calories, and contains no fat. It’s also loaded with Iron, vitamins K, C, and A, antioxidants and Calcium. Kale is great for cardiovascular health because it’s known to reduce cholesterol, but it’s also a great anti-inflammatory because it contains a good dose of omega-3 fatty acids.
Parsnip – Belonging to the carrot, celery, and parsley family, parsnips are a root vegetable in season between November and April. Parsnips contain healthy doses of fiber, folate, vitamin C and potassium. Preparing them with a low-fat cooking method like roasting or steaming will maximize their health benefits.
Sweet Potato – Also known as a “yam”, the sweet potato is a sweet, starchy root that is actually only distantly related to the potato. They are high in vitamins B6 and A, a good source of magnesium and vitamins C and E, and they also contain magnesium and Vitamin D.
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