The sun is setting sooner, the air is getting colder, and
our winter slippers are sounding like a great idea. It is a great time to
discover all of what fall has to offer. Eating foods in season is essential for
having a healthy and balanced diet. Head to your local grocery or market, and try
out these delicious seasonal gems.
Pumpkin bread, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pie, pumpkin beer –
it is pumpkin season! Pumpkin is full of fiber and vitamin A. These nutrients
will protect you, and boost immunity as flu season rolls around. Pumpkin is
important in keeping heart health, vision and waistlines in check (as long as
we don’t over do it in the pie department). Pumpkin seeds are also a great
source of protein. I like to make muffins or bread with either fresh pumpkin
puree (or canned) and whole wheat flour. You can also throw some ground flax
seeds and chopped walnuts for an omega-3 boost!
Beets are completely edible from their leaves to their
roots. The leaves can be used in salad, or deliciously sautéed. The bulbs are
great steamed, or roasted for a wonderful side dish or addition to your salad.
The red color is caused by a phytochemicals, such as betanin. Betanin has been
known to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification support. In
order to benefit from these phytochemicals, it is recommended to keep steaming
time down to 15 minutes or less, and when roasting beets-- under an hour.
Kale is the vegetable to add to your daily
routine. Kale can lower your cholesterol, and lowers your risk for five
cancers. Kale contains antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory benefits. The
best way to consume kale is steaming it, our bodies’ better digest kale when it
has been cooked. Raw kale still has great nutritional value, but just not as
much. Enjoy kale sautéed, baked, as a soup or in your salad.
Other fall superfoods to try – sweet potatoes, brussels
sprouts, parsnips, rutabaga, pears, grapefruits and pomegranate.
Food for thought: Eat to live!
It’s time to take the emotion out of eating, and remember
that food is fuel. Each and every morsel of food you put into your body will be
broken down and used as energy to live. In order for the body to thrive, you
need to put whole foods into your
body. Your body is not made to survive off soda, refined sugar or processed
foods. Switch to fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, fish, and healthy oils
today. Your body will thank you for it.
Make the “Right Choice” when thinking about starting a
nutrition plan and call PNF @ 892-8333 or email email@example.com.