I am in love with fall! I love the weather, the colours of the leaves on the trees, the harvest table, the outdoor workouts, the fashion, and I especially love the food! As we transition from outdoor bbq’s to the indoor comfort food, this is the perfect time of year to add some healthy, hearty, flavorful, and amazing colourful veggies into our diet.
My Top 5 Fall Picks:
Butternut Squash – Want to boost your immune system? 1/3 cup of this vegetable contains your daily amount of Vitamin C. It also contains B Vitamins which can improve your energy levels. Plus it is also good for regulating blood sugar in type 2 diabetics. I personally love this vegetable as a soup. Check out this recipe.
Brussel Sprouts - I hated this vegetable as a kid but I have completely underestimated the power of this little green cabbage like veggie. They are an excellent source of Vitamin C along with other antioxidant vitamins such as A and E, which protect the body from harmful free radicals. I especially love them roasted. Here is a recipe that I have tried and love, love, love!
Pumpkin - While I love me some pumpkin pie this super veggie can do so much more. First of all, it is loaded with anti-oxidant vitamins such as A, C, and E. It also is a good source of B-Complex like folates, niacin, vitamin B-6, thiamin and pantothenic acid. Don’t forget about Pumpkin Seeds as they are a good source of dietary fibre and mono unsaturated fatty acids, which is great for heart health. In addition these seeds are concentrated sources of protein, minerals, and health benefiting vitamins. Here is a recipe that offers a nice alternative to peanut butter.
How do you roast the best pumpkin seeds? Follow this super easy recipe.
Fennel - This white bulb vegetable has a sweet anise like flavour and can be complimented with a variety of other vegetables when roasted together. Along with Vitamin C and other moderate amounts of vitamins and minerals this veggie contains good levels of potassium, which can help in reducing high blood pressure. Here is an easy recipe for roasting root vegetables.
Sweet Potato - This is not just any potato. The sweet potato is packed with all kinds of powerful natural antioxidants including Beta- Carotene, Vitamin A, K, B-1, B-5, B-6, niacin, riboflavin, and potassium. I love mashed sweet potatoes as an alternative to the regular mashed potato. Note this recipe calls for pumpkin however I substituted with sweet potatoes. There is no right or wrong as both are delish!!
Don’t be afraid to experiment this fall with some new recipes. Unlike baking, cooking vegetables is much easier and very forgiving especially if you don’t follow the recipe 100 percent. Remember what your Mom used to say, “try it, you will like it!”