By Alane Archer, ND, CNC
Our body functions on many different cycles and eating is a major one!
Fall is a great time to switch up your produce and save some money buying local. Shopping in season is a great way to help your microbiome for the time of year your body is preparing for.
Because so many foods are available year-round, it’s not always obvious what’s in peak season. Your local farmer’s market can be a useful resource for the freshest seasonal produce near you.
These are some favorite super food fruits and vegetables that are in season during the fall. Artichoke, beets, beet greens, bell peppers, butternut squash, carrots, cauliflower, chard, corn, eggplant, garlic, potatoes (main-crop), radishes, spinach, sweet potatoes, wild mushrooms, almonds, apples, chestnuts, cranberries, limes, pears, plums, pomegranate, raspberries, tomatoes
Fall Proteins: duck, lamb, and lobster.
Fall Fruits: Apple, pear, pomegranate, blackberry, fig, and persimmon
Fall Green Vegetables: Brussels sprouts, Swiss chard, kohlrabi, and artichokes
Fall Orange Vegetables: pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and hard squash varieties like acorn and butternut
Fall Red Vegetables: sweet peppers, chili peppers, and beets
There are some good reasons to eat more local, seasonal Super-foods
-to reduce the energy (and associated CO2 emissions) needed to grow and transport the food we eat
-to avoid paying a premium for food that is scarcer or has traveled a long way
-to support the local economy
-to reconnect with nature’s cycles and the passing of time
but, most importantly, because the seasonal food is fresher and so tends to be tastier and more nutritious.
Another way to enjoy the Fall Super-foods is to juice them first thing in the morning! Juicing is a delicious and healthy way to start off your day!
The Fall Super-foods are loaded with nutrients your body needs. These nutrients help keep us healthy as we move into cold and flu season. They also keep us alert and active during the fall days. If you are concerned with your nutrient levels, there is an easy way to get tested. We offer an intracellular nutrient test that checks ALL your vitamin, minerals and antioxidant levels so make sure you are eating the best Fall Superfoods.
Enjoy the Fall Super-foods! Stay healthy and be well!
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