Discover fall foods that are a great part of a healthy diet, and a few favorites you should probably avoid.
4 Fall Foods to Eat and 4 to Avoid
The season is quickly changing from summer to fall, with cooler temperatures and shorter days. Despite leaving summer behind us, fall brings with it a bounty of delicious foods that are perfect for enjoying on those chilly days. The autumn months bring with them a lot more healthy options than just pumpkin, but a few of those fall foods you likely enjoy are best avoided if you’re sticking to a healthy diet. Here are a few fall foods to eat, and a few you’ll want to avoid.
1 – Apples
Fall and apples go hand and hand, and apples make a healthy snack that includes vitamin C and plenty of hunger-taming fiber. Just be sure you wash them well to remove any pesticides or choose organic options.
2 – Winter Squash
Winter squash includes butternut squash, spaghetti squash, acorn squash, pumpkin, and kabocha squash. No matter what variety you choose, they’re packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin, and additional nutrients.
3 – Cauliflower
Cauliflower makes a great swap for carb-laden pasta, rice, or even mashed potatoes. This veggie is also packed with antioxidants and is high in fiber, keeping you feeling full longer.
4 – Kale
Kale is best in the fall and winter, and it’s a great source of vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, and calcium. Chop it into salads or wilt it into your favorite stir fry recipes.
1 – Canned Soups
Fall just seems to beg for a warm cup of soup, but if you reach for canned soups, they’re likely to be packed with sodium. Stick to your favorite homemade recipe.
2 – Sugar-Laden Hot Beverages
All those seasonal hot beverages you likely enjoy are usually packed with sugar. Sure, that pumpkin pie cappuccino or hot chocolate drink sounds amazing until you look at the calories, fat, and sugar in it. Stick to coffee or a lean version of hot chocolate.
3 – Macaroni and Cheese
An all-time favorite when it comes to comfort food, unfortunately, macaroni and cheese isn’t a great choice for a healthy diet. It’s high in carbohydrates, has a lot of calories, and recipes often call for high-fat meats. Make it healthier with low-fat cheese, skim milk, using cauliflower instead of pasta, and adding veggies instead of meat.
4 – Caramel Apples
Yes, apples are a great fall food, but when you add a layer of caramel to them, you can add over 500 calories to an otherwise healthy snack. Get the same taste by dipping an apple in a bit of low-fat caramel dip.
With these tips, you’ll be sure to have a healthy and happy fall season! Add in Prevagen for brain health each morning and you’ll be good to go.