10 Seasonal Foods to Try This Month

Happy October, Superheroes! The weather may be getting cold, but there are still plenty of fruits and vegetables that taste great this month. Here are ten to try.

1. Pumpkin.

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Don’t just use pumpkins to decorate this Halloween – add them to your diet! Pumpkins are great for your eyes because they’re chock-full of beta-carotene, which becomes vitamin A in the body. They’re also good for your skin because they have wrinkle-fighting carotenoids. Snack on the seeds for a burst of iron as you cook up this pumpkin chickpea curry.

2. Broccoli. 

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There’s a reason your parents wanted you to eat broccoli as a kid: this vegetable is great for you. Broccoli is full of fiber, vitamin C and potassium and can help reduce cholesterol. Don’t steam all the flavor out and try parmesan roasted broccoli.

3. Quince.

superheroyou quince
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Ever heard of quince? This fruit is related to apples and has several health benefits. For example, it’s high in iron, copper and zinc – all of which improve circulation and thus hair health. Why not have some rosy poached quince for dessert?

4. Figs.

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Figs can protect against breast cancer due to their high fiber content, and against hypertension due to their high potassium and low sodium content. However, they’re high in calories so you should have them sparingly. This pizza bianco with caramelized onions, blue cheese, figs and balsamic is a great weekend treat.

5. Parsnips.

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Closely related to carrots, parsnips are a less-common root vegetable to add to your diet. They have tons of folate, which can actually lessen your risk of depression and is important for pregnant women. Make paprika parsnip fries as a great healthy alternative to regular french fries.

6. Fennel.

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Fennel is full of antioxidants and is especially famous for antheole, a compound which reduces inflammation and might even prevent cancer. Get all its benefits with a dish of comforting herbed polenta with caramelized fennel.

7. Cabbage.

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This cruciferous has tons of varieties, and many are in season in October. Each type of cabbage has several different health benefits, but most can help heal stomach ulcers, prevent cholesterol and may help prevent cancer. So shred some into slaw or try these Asian cabbage rolls with spicy pork.

8. Apples.

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Turns out, an apple a day might actually keep the doctor away. Apples can whiten your teeth, prevent hemorrhoids, and detoxify your liver. Update the classic apple pie and try out this salted caramel apple crisp.

9. Grapes.

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Grapes are packed with water and thus one of the most hydrating foods you can eat. Grapes also contain the flavonoid quercetin, which may reduce your risk of heart disease and even help allergy symptoms! But they’re high in sugar, so have them in moderation. How about roasted grape and burrata crostini?

10. Sweet potatoes.

Image via Becky Luigart-Stayner/CookingLight

Sweet potatoes are available all year round, but the fresh crop starts in March. They’re packed with vitamin A and antioxidants, and can also help your health because they’re incredibly versatile – so you can substitute sweet potatoes for less healthy, carb-rich foods. Get comfort and a little health with this sweet potato and butternut gratin.

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Written by Sasha Graffagna

Photo Credit: Hub☺ via Compfight cc

Happy October, Superheroes! The weather may be getting cold, but there are still plenty of fruits and vegetables that taste great this month. Here are ten to try.

1. Pumpkin.

Image Courtesy of BBC Good Food

Don’t just use pumpkins to decorate this Halloween – add them to your diet! Pumpkins are great for your eyes because they’re chock-full of beta-carotene, which becomes vitamin A in the body. They’re also good for your skin because they have wrinkle-fighting carotenoids. Snack on the seeds for a burst of iron as you cook up this pumpkin chickpea curry.

2. Broccoli. 

Image via Quentin Bacon/Barefoot Contessa

There’s a reason your parents wanted you to eat broccoli as a kid: this vegetable is great for you. Broccoli is full of fiber, vitamin C and potassium and can help reduce cholesterol. Don’t steam all the flavor out and try parmesan roasted broccoli.

3. Quince.

superheroyou quince
Photo Credit: jespahjoy via Compfight cc

Ever heard of quince? This fruit is related to apples and has several health benefits. For example, it’s high in iron, copper and zinc – all of which improve circulation and thus hair health. Why not have some rosy poached quince for dessert?

4. Figs.

Image via Drizzle and Dip

Figs can protect against breast cancer due to their high fiber content, and against hypertension due to their high potassium and low sodium content. However, they’re high in calories so you should have them sparingly. This pizza bianco with caramelized onions, blue cheese, figs and balsamic is a great weekend treat.

5. Parsnips.

Image via A House in the Hills

Closely related to carrots, parsnips are a less-common root vegetable to add to your diet. They have tons of folate, which can actually lessen your risk of depression and is important for pregnant women. Make paprika parsnip fries as a great healthy alternative to regular french fries.

6. Fennel.

Image via TLT

Fennel is full of antioxidants and is especially famous for antheole, a compound which reduces inflammation and might even prevent cancer. Get all its benefits with a dish of comforting herbed polenta with caramelized fennel.

7. Cabbage.

Image via TheKitchn

This cruciferous has tons of varieties, and many are in season in October. Each type of cabbage has several different health benefits, but most can help heal stomach ulcers, prevent cholesterol and may help prevent cancer. So shred some into slaw or try these Asian cabbage rolls with spicy pork.

8. Apples.

Image via Love Grows Wild

Turns out, an apple a day might actually keep the doctor away. Apples can whiten your teeth, prevent hemorrhoids, and detoxify your liver. Update the classic apple pie and try out this salted caramel apple crisp.

9. Grapes.

Image via Martha Stewart

Grapes are packed with water and thus one of the most hydrating foods you can eat. Grapes also contain the flavonoid quercetin, which may reduce your risk of heart disease and even help allergy symptoms! But they’re high in sugar, so have them in moderation. How about roasted grape and burrata crostini?

10. Sweet potatoes.

Image via Becky Luigart-Stayner/CookingLight

Sweet potatoes are available all year round, but the fresh crop starts in March. They’re packed with vitamin A and antioxidants, and can also help your health because they’re incredibly versatile – so you can substitute sweet potatoes for less healthy, carb-rich foods. Get comfort and a little health with this sweet potato and butternut gratin.

Liked this? Check out How to Keep Your Ears Healthy!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Photo Credit: Hub☺ via Compfight cc

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