The next time you go to the grocery store, we want you to rethink your list. Just because it’s fall, that doesn’t mean you should focus only on those pumpkin spice and apple cider flavored snacks and beverages. We encourage you to explore all the fresh produce in season and the benefits that come from having a kitchen full of hearty, delicious food that is also good for your health.
Not only is it cheaper to buy seasonal produce, but the produce you’re buying is also more nutrient-dense and more flavorful since it’s in peak season.
With that said, here are some of our favorite items we’re keeping top of our grocery list this month.
Apples: Apples are the darlings of fall. Between ciders, pies, and stuffings, we’d be shocked if apples weren’t already on your list. But did you know that apples are a health powerhouse? Outside of their high nutrient content, they are also linked to a decrease in blood pressure. They are high in soluble fiber, which helps prevent cholesterol build-up in the blood vessels.
Beets: Beets are a cool-weather crop and so this time of year is a great time to head to your grocery store and get your beets. There are many health benefits from consuming beets–among them are heart health and blood pressure support. And while their flavor can be a bit polarizing, when cooked and added to recipes, beets add a layer of sweetness to your dishes.
Cranberries: Did you know that cranberries pack 25% of your daily requirement of Vitamin C and have the highest levels of phenol antioxidants? That is why they are top of our list of sweet picks from the grocery store. Plus, the flavor is a staple for fall recipes. Cranberry sauce, anyone?
Sweet Potatoes: Ah, the potatoes that have been all the rage in recent years. Thanks to gluten-free, whole30, and paleo diets, the humble sweet potato has become the all-star comfort superfood, especially this time of year. They are so versatile and can be the base or accompaniment to any meal. They’re loaded with vitamins, fiber and have health benefits that put them in a class of their own.
Blackberries: Blackberries are packed with antioxidants and are great as a snack or as the main ingredient in healthy desserts. Plus, they have a tart and sweet flavor, which is satisfying on those fall nights when you want a little treat.
Brussel Sprouts: Remember when Brussel sprout sat on store shelves because of how bland they were to eat? Those days are long gone, thanks to a new wave of inventive recipes. Whether air frying or glazing, Brussel sprouts can be one of the most enjoyable vegetables during the fall season. Brussel Sprouts are a cruciferous vegetable and are high in fiber and vitamins, rich in antioxidants, and have anti-inflammatory benefits.
Peppers: Adding heat and spice to colder days is just one of the benefits of peppers. They are packed with vitamin C and other nutrients that are essential for fall. One medium-sized red bell pepper provides 169% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI) for vitamin C. And they make otherwise boring meals more exciting!
Squash: Nothing unexpected here. Squash is top of the list for many people in the fall because of its comforting flavor. But it turns out that there are plenty of nutrients found in squash, including rich antioxidants, vitamin C, beta carotene, and vitamin B6–which has been shown to help ward off winter blues.
Cauliflower: Another rising star in the vegetable world as of late because of its mellow flavor and starchy texture. There’s so much you can do with cauliflower, which makes it a staple for fall dishes. Cauliflower is a good source of fiber and nutrients such as b-vitamins.
Broccoli: A vegetable you either love or hate. We love it, especially this time of year, because it’s full of vitamins and antioxidants. And it packs a ton of fiber into a ton of comforting dishes.