It’s late October, in many parts of the country that means leaves are changing; the air is getting a little cooler, and its time for all the little ghouls and goblins to get ready for the annual door-to-door grab for candy.
Halloween also is sort of the unofficial kick-off to a holiday season that can mean a lot of us struggling with weight will be facing the demons of parties, big dinners, and overindulgence! But, autumn is also the time of the harvest, and the fall season brings with it a literal cornucopia of super-foods that are a lot more “treat” than “trick” when it comes to watching your waistline!
Seasonal Super Foods
You know the old adage an “apple a day” – ripe delicious apples began becoming abundant and low priced on supermarket shelves in September, but they are still fresh and healthy well into October and beyond. Joining them are:
- Carrots: Orange is a fall color and with good reason, carrots and other foods rich in beta-carotene top the list of October super-foods. Carrots are also high in vitamin A, potassium, and vitamin C, and their satisfying crunch, make carrot sticks the perfect alternative to other less wholesome holiday treats.
- Pumpkin – The Robin to carrots Batman, pumpkins and carrots are the dynamic duo delivering fall’s powerful beta-carotene punch! A serving of pumpkin has more than 200% of your RDA of Vitamin A, and pumpkin seeds, which you can buy or roast for yourself after you cut out the innards of your Jack-o-Lantern – make for a tasty and healthy treat.
- Pomegranates –This tasty fall fruit is packed with heart-healthy antioxidants, fiber and vitamins C and K. Drinking pomegranate juice has also been linked to lowering risks of prostate and breast cancers.
- Artichokes – They may choke “Artie,” but they won’t choke you or your diet! Artichokes are generally considered a springtime vegetable, but it does have a mini-peak season in October. Artichokes are a great source of vitamin C and fiber, and some reports say that it is richer in antioxidants than blueberries or dark chocolate.
- Beets – Another great fall color — the deep reddish-purple of beets should let you know they can’t be “beat” for antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytochemicals. Beets are also sometimes called “beetroot” – it is the same veggie, with the same fall super-goodness.
- Cabbage – If it’s not swimming in mayo in coleslaw, or super-high in salt when pickled as sauerkraut adorning a less than healthy hot-dog – cabbage is actually quite good for you. Cabbage is a good source of vitamin C, fiber and potassium. And like other cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, it has shown some cancer fighting properties.
- Onions – While basically available all year round, certain kinds of onions enjoy a peak in popularity in the fall. Onions have been linked to lowering high blood pressure, reducing cholesterol, fighting certain types of cancer, and contain quercetin, which has anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine properties.
From The Hound’s family to yours, have a safe and healthy Halloween, and if you would like some more tips that will keep you from giving up the ghost when it comes to your fitness goals,Check Out 17 Cheat Foods That burn Fat!