5 Fall Foods That Won’t Ruin Your Summer Body

pumpkin soupAs fall rolls in, your wardrobe isn’t the only thing you should switch up. Along with the longer sleeves, booties, and tights, have you added the hot new fruits and veggies to your shopping list? If not, then allow me to introduce you to seasonal eating. Seasonal eating is something that you might be doing without knowing. It’s basically eating produce that grows locally during the given season. We’re accustomed to eating whatever fruits and veggies we want year-round, but it turns out that in-season, local foods have the most vitamins and nutrients without the extra chemicals used to ship your food across the country.

The good news is that finding seasonal and local produce is getting easier thanks to farmer’s markets, produce delivery services, and our Forever First Lady, Michelle Obama, who made home gardens great again.

Health enthusiasts and advocates like Mrs. Obama agree that eating seasonal fruits and veggies can have positive effects on your health and your wallet. For starters, seasonal eating cuts down on the distance that your food has to travel, so you get to enjoy your produce closer to its peak ripeness. This means you’ll get the maximum amount of nutrients from your fruits and veggies along with the purest taste that nature intended. Eating with the seasons also means that fewer chemicals like pesticides can come in contact with your favorite fall foods, making them safer for you to eat than off-season produce.

As if you needed more reason to eat seasonally, in-season fruits and veggies are usually cheaper because the food is grown locally and has fewer transportation costs included in the price.

Now get out your grocery list and make sure you add some of my favorite fall foods to your list. Pro tip: If it’s on sale at the grocery store, it’s probably in season!

1. Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sproutsBrussels sprouts are in the same family as cabbage and broccoli so you know they are packing serious health benefits. Brussels sprouts are harvested in the fall so it’s the best time to take advantage of this huge source of vitamin C, iron, and even a bit of protein. One of the best ways to enjoy Brussels sprouts without cooking out all the nutrients is to lightly roast them in olive oil and garlic to keep the crunchiness with a bit of added flavor.