Look for rich colors and hearty flavors in these nutritionist-approved fall superfoods.
Welcome fall’s bounty
It’s time to say goodbye to sweet summer berries and juicy watermelon but there are plenty of healthy superfoods to reach for in the fall. Skip the usual pumpkin spice lattes and choose real, whole foods full of vitamins and antioxidants. Fall superfoods are rich in color, so look for deep red like pomegranates or bright orange like sweet potatoes. We’ve rounded up 13 of nutritionists’ favorite superfoods, including some of their favorite easy recipes. Want to eat superfoods year-round? This list of in-season fruits and veggies will help you get started.
This year skip the artificial pumpkin spice craze and go for the real thing. Pumpkins are everyone’s favorite fall superfood and for good reason. “Providing more fiber per cup than kale, pumpkin can help to keep you feeling fuller, longer,” explains Samina Kalloo, RDN, CDN. “It’s also an excellent source of lutein and zeaxanthin, two powerful antioxidants that are recognized for playing a critical role in eye health.” Try adding unsweetened pumpkin puree to your favorite smoothie or mixing it into a healthy yogurt parfait.
Whether roasted, steamed, or served fresh, broccoli is a delicious veggie loaded with health benefits. “Broccoli is a great source of vitamins K, C, and E, folate, potassium, calcium, and fiber,” says Ariana Kulinczenko, RD, LDN. “It benefits digestion, cardiovascular health and contains anti-inflammatory properties.” Try steaming broccoli with fresh garlic and lemon juice for a nutritious side dish on busy nights.