Fall and Winter Vegetables and Fruits in Season

Fall and Winter Vegetables and Fruits in Season (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Fiber-Rich Fall Veggies

It wouldn’t be fall without giving a shout-out to its most famous star — the pumpkin. Hello pumpkin-spiced EVERYTHING. Love it or hate it, pumpkin has been around for centuries, and it’s not going anywhere. Like all winter squash, pumpkin squash is a good source of fiber, which is helpful for improving digestion, lowering cholesterol, and providing your gut with healthy bacteria. Pumpkin squash is also an excellent source of vitamin A, which is a powerful antioxidant, as are butternut squash and sweet potatoes, all in season right now.

Pumpkin Squash Is An Excellent Source Of Vitamin A And Fiber (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Recipes for Fall Vegetables

You can roast or bake fall vegetables to bring out their natural sweetness, puree them into soups, or crisp them in the oven as a nutritious alternative to french fries. It’s hard to determine how much fiber we consume per day, so be sure to supplement your diet with fiber-rich treats like pumpkin squash.

Cook Up Cruciferous Veggies

The cooler months are a great time to cook up a batch of broccoli, cauliflower, or brussels sprouts. As members of the cruciferous family of vegetables, these veggies may help lower your risk for certain types of cancer.

Satisfying Fall Salads

3 Easy Healthy Fall Salad Receipes — HealthNut Nutrition

Fall and Winter Fruits

Apples, pears, grapes, pomegranates, cranberries, and figs are all in season during the cooler months. They provide a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth during the holidays if you are looking to avoid the heaviness of many traditional seasonal treats. These sweet fruits are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and they help control appetite, ease digestion, and boost immunity.

Let’s Get Cooking

Make the most of what the cooler months have to offer at your local farmers market or grocery store. Stock up on the season’s freshest produce and get excited about cooking up some cozy meals for your family and friends. Below is one of my favorite recipes for preparing brussels sprouts. I never really liked them until I learned how to cook them properly. Enjoy!

Oven Roasted Parmesan Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Adapted from Together as Family

Oven Roasted Parmesan Brussels Sprouts With Bacon (Image Source: Shutterstock)

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs brussels sprouts (trimmed and halved)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ⅓ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 pieces raw bacon (chopped in 1-inch pieces)

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray
  • In a bowl, combine all ingredients to coat the brussels sprouts
  • Spread onto baking sheet, being sure the brussels sprouts are spread out
  • Roast for 20 minutes and serve immediately

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