Healthy Fall Foods

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With fall just around the corner, it is time to get excited about all of the wonderful foods that will be coming into season. When fruits and veggies are in season it means that they are naturally at their best. Fall Is a time that many fruits and vegetables are at their peak of deliciousness. It is a lot easier to eat healthy with so many yummy options surrounding us.

Apples– Most people’s favorite fall fruit is about to come into season. Apples have a lot of notorious benefits. Going apple picking is also a fun activity and a great way to get outdoors.

Cranberries– These berries are sweet and delicious. Cranberries are full of antioxidants. They are the perfect treat this fall.

Grapes– Another yummy fruit that has many health benefits: Grapes tend to ripen towards the beginning of fall. They are the perfect fruit to pack as a snack for school or work.

Pears- Pears are full of fiber and vitamin C. Pears are a great snack option to grab and go.

Potatoes– While there are many different types of potatoes, most varieties are harvested in the fall. Potatoes are full of nutrients and fiber.

Pomegranates– This tart fruit also is in season during fall. Pomegranates are full of vitamins and antioxidants.

Pumpkins– Carving pumpkins for Halloween can be a fun fall activity. Don’t forget to incorporate pumpkin into your fall meals. Pumpkins are the most common winter squash that contain potassium, fiber, and vitamin C.

Sweet Potatoes- Don’t forget about this fall favorite. Sweet potatoes have their peak season during this time of year. Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins and fiber that make them the perfect addition to your diet this fall.

These are just a few of the delightful fruits and vegetables that are coming into season this fall. The changing season also means changes in what fresh produce you can bring home. Check the grocery stores near you and pick up some of these fresh healthy options. There are many more fruits and veggies that are best to eat during these cool fall days so it is the perfect time to try something new.

 

~All you can do is work to become a better you~

~Sadie Wrobel

 

Unhealthy-Healthy Eats

 

In this overweight driven era, food marketers try everything under the sun in order to promote their product as a healthy food option. “Reduced fat!” “Low sodium!” “20% less sugar!” All these phrases are put on the front of labels to catch the eye of the consumer. But not so fast: Although a lot of these foods are reduced fat, contain less sodium, or are 20% less sugar, companies have to make up for the lack of these ingredients in order to continue to produce a quality product. In many cases, when a food product says it has reduced fat, they contain higher levels of salt (sodium) to keep a relatively similar taste to the product that is not reduced fat. I am going to give you three examples of foods that are labeled has “healthier” options, but are in reality just as bad, if not worse for you.

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  • Reduced Fat Peanut Butter

The fats from peanut butter is a great nutrient that your body needs when consumed at a moderate level. That being said, in general, it’s not the worst thing for your health to just eat normal peanut butter. However, if you’re looking to buy the reduced fat kind, you’ll notice that the sugar levels spike way up in order to make up for less fat.

  • Trail Mix

You may think that a small amount of assorted nuts is nice quick snack to have in-between meals. Although the nuts are a great snack, many store bought trail mixes either are made with different kind of chocolate candies, deep fried banana chips, or yogurt covered raisins. As you may have guessed, none of those are very healthy for you. Your best bet is to make your own trail mix with plain, dry roasted nuts.

  • Packaged Turkey

Turkey is a great, lean protein source to put on any kind of lunch sandwich. The problem arises, however, in the packaging part. Many producers have to load up packaged meat with salt in order to keep the meat fresh for the longest period of time. In order to escape eating sodium meat, stop at the local deli and pick up some fresh cut turkey.

 

It’s important to keep in mind, that these are just a few examples of “healthy” foods that turn out not to be so great for you. Before you fall into any marketing traps, a great way to find out whether your dish is healthy or not, is to simply just educate yourself with the nutrition facts listed on the back. Those numbers will NOT lie to you. For more examples of unhealthy, healthy eats, check out this website: http://www.rd.com/health/healthy-eating/unhealthy-foods/

 

 

|Don’t forget about the little things in life. They tend to have a BIG impact|

 

-Tyler Kloss

 

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