September 26

Eating Seasonally- EAT YOUR COLORS

And so are all the brightly colored FOODS.

Fall is traditionally harvest season and there are many nutritious produce available that offer a lot of health benefits. When you eat seasonally, you are eating foods that are fresher and have more nutritional value having because they have spent less time in storage.

Fall foods are COLORFUL and they are excellent sources of phytochemical such as flavonoids, sterols, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Phytochemical’s can help the body with:

  • cardiovascular health
  • improved metabolism
  • healthier micro flora in the gut for better absorption and elimination.

Examples of fruits that promote health function of the blood vessels and decrease oxidative stress and inflammation in the body are:

  • apples
  • pears
  • cranberries
  • grapes
  • kiwis
  • persimmon

Examples of vegetables that contain glucosinolates and other antioxidants to protect your immune system are:

  • cabbage
  • rutabaga
  • broccoli
  • cauliflower

Fall brings us brightly gourds and squashes that contain healthy alpha- and beta-carotene, which can promote better eyesight.

Incorporating the seasonal foods of Fall into your diet is a great way to meet support the immune system and contribute to overall good health, so EAT YOUR COLORS!


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Tags

gut health, healthy eating, Plant-Based Diet


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