What to Eat During Fall Days
Healthy Aging | 10/10/19
As the leaves change and temperatures cool down, it’s time to cozy up with meals filled with food from the bountiful fall harvest. Food fuels our bodies and gives us the energy to take pleasure in trips to the pumpkin patch and hayrides, so it’s important to enjoy well-balanced meals. And one way to ensure proper nutrition is to base your grocery list on what produce is in season. At Meadow Lakes, we’ve compiled this list of some of the best fall foods to keep you healthy.
Top 10 Fall Foods in Season
- Apples: Apple picking is a favorite fall pastime. Apples are rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and dietary fiber. Plus, the nutrients and antioxidants may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.
- Pumpkins: What’s fall without celebrating this staple? Along with carving on Halloween, pumpkins are great to cook with, including in breads, stew, pasta and more. Besides being packed with vitamins and minerals, pumpkin is also relatively low in calories and may boost your immunity.
- Mushrooms: Mushrooms offer an earthy flavor, perfect for warm, cozy fall dinners. Plus, they pack a serious punch in terms of nutritional value. Simply sauté them for a delicious side or add them to a soup for a heartier meal.
- Ginger: Hot ginger tea warms you up on chilly fall days. Having a ginger drink first thing in the morning can help nausea and reduce muscle pain and soreness.
- Butternut Squash: There’s nothing better than curling up on the couch on a crisp autumn day with a warm bowl of butternut squash soup. Butternut squash is one of the most common varieties of winter squash and filled with vitamins A and C.
- Grapes: Grapes offer a wealth of health benefits due to their high nutrient and antioxidant contents. Have you ever tried putting grapes in the freezer as an alternative sweet treat?
- Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, which has been shown to promote a healthy digestive system. So not only does sweet potato casserole at Thanksgiving delight your taste buds, but it’s good for your gut health, too.
- Cauliflower: Cauliflower has made its way into the hearts of many as an alternative to carb-heavy meals. This low-calorie vegetable is rich in nutrients, including choline that is essential for learning and memory.
- Brussels Sprouts: You told your kids to eat their brussels sprouts when they were children for a reason. Not only are they high in vitamins and minerals, but the added health benefits include the potential to reduce the risk of cancer, decrease inflammation and improve blood sugar control.
- Cranberries: Cranberries are a major player in fall meals, served as cranberry sauce, drinks, or dried cranberries added to stuffing or casseroles. This super food is low in calories and high in vitamins C, A and K.
Find Recipes Featuring the Best Fall Foods at Meadow Lakes
The dining team at Meadow Lakes ensures the freshest ingredients are used in each dish. Our rotating menus feature seasonal offerings, so nutrition and quality truly make our food stand apart. We’d love for you to join us for a meal – contact us today to schedule your personal tour.