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5 Autumn Super Foods

As the leaves begin to turn and fall off the trees, the autumnal season is starting to really shows it’s true colours. A change in landscape means that there’s new autumnal fare available on the grocery store shelves.

For maximum health boost, it’s important to buy whatever fruits or vegetables are in season. Ripe fruit always tastes better too! The following short-list are some of the best super foods autumn has to offer:

1. Pumpkins – They’re not just for carving you know – In fact the pumpkins is one of the most beneficial vegetables available for you this season. The pumpkin is naturally low in calories, containing high levels of fibre, vitamin A and water. Pumpkins are also packed with useful minerals such as potassium and calcium whilst being naturally low in fat. Try grilling or roasting  pumpkin for a delicious treat.

2. Autumnal Lamb –  With approximately 250 calories per 100grams of cooked meat, lamb isn’t considered one of the healthiest foods available. However, lamb is also a great source of protein, vitamin B12 and zinc, which are good for strong bones and the blood. Vitamin B9 and Niacin are also known for helping against the ageing process. For a tasty roast dinner treat, roast your lamb with honey mustard parsnips and pumpkin wedges – delightful.

3. Pomegranates – This tropical fruit which is at it’s best between September through to January is native to the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Many professional nutritionists recommend pomegranates as they contain high levels of antioxidants, whilst offering a rich source of vitamin C, B6, A and E. The juicy seeds found in the fruit, known as arils, are delicious over salads or deserts.

4. Plums – Plums are a great natural source of calcium, magnesium and potassium whilst the purple variety is also rich in iron. Plums are also packed with fibre, and although they don’t contain too much vitamin C, you’ll find a great deal of vitamin E instead – a powerful antioxidant. Not many people know this, but plums are a natural laxative, so be careful not to overdo it!

5. Cranberries – Cranberries become ripe during the autumn season so it’s worth keeping your eyes peeled. As a naturally healthy, low calorie fruit, cranberries have been known to help against various diseases including heart disease and cancer. Cranberry juice is a great way of taking the fruit on board, as the berries themselves can be a little tart for eating. If you have the berries ready to use, try pairing them with apples and pears.

Keeping Fall Allergies in Check

Although the summer is winding down and there is less pollen in the air, fall allergens like ragweed, mold and dust remain problems for many. A lot of people just wait it out until the first frost for relief of their worst symptoms. However, there are a few easy tips for keeping these triggers at bay in your home that will ensure that you and your family are comfortable during the fall allergyseason.

Fall is coming! Make sure you're prepared!

Fall is coming! Make sure you're prepared!

Clean Duct Work – Fall is the best time to remove any mold or dust from your duct work. Summer’s humid air carries pollen that can agitate your family’s allergies. Having your home’s HVAC system cleaned will ensure that any allergens will be removed, so they won’t be re-circulating through your home.

Dust and Vacuum – Keeping your house clean and free of dust makes a big difference if you suffer from allergies. Run the vacuum at least 3 times per week, especially in high traffic areas of your home. Dusting should also be a priority in the fall. Try to keep surfaces clear to make dusting easier. If you have blinds hanging in the windows, consider switching to fabric curtains or sheers. Horizontal blinds attract dust and are difficult to clean.

Bathe Pets – If you have outdoor/indoor pets make sure they’re bathed regularly, as they carry allergens in their fur. If you take Fido out for a lengthy walk, give him a good brushing and let him shake it off before you take him back inside. This will remove a good amount of anything he may have picked up while outside.

Get Some Fresh Air – Just because you suffer from allergies doesn’t mean you can’t let fall’s crisp breeze flow through the open windows. To ease allergy symptoms keep the windows shut between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., these are peak allergy hours. You can also check the allergy forecast in your area before you open the windows at weather.com.

Reduce Mold – Cleaning your bathrooms regularly will help prevent the amount of mold in your home. Make sure your shower curtain is cleaned regularly, as well as your bathroom windows and walls. Use a mix of water and bleach to kill mold and bacteria, and then turn on the fan to circulate air. You can also control mold in your home by keeping the humidity under 50%.

This post was written by guest blogger Amanda Goldberg at Erie Construction – many thanks.