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.