Healthy eats for autumn

12 September 2017 by
First published: 22 September 2017

Healthy eats for autumn

Autumn has to be one of our favourite times of year and these healthy eats for autumn are just one of the many reasons we’re big fans.

Barbecue season may have come and gone but there’s so much to love about the arrival of autumn. The shorter days and cooler weather bring with them a bounty of exciting foods to inspire you in the kitchen. Read on for our most scrumptious autumnal eats.

Pumpkin

Pumpkin is probably the veggie that best defines autumn and this Halloween fave is rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A found in orange-hued plant foods which helps to keep skin looking its best.

Parsnips

Bored of carrots? Then opt for parsnips instead. Deliciously sweet when roasted or sautéed, parsnips are a good source of vitamin C and calcium to keep bones healthy.

Clementines

These miniature-sized oranges are rich in vitamin C which helps to supercharge immune health by attacking bad bugs before they cause any harm. Eat them as a snack or cut up into segments and throw into winter salads.

Apples

Low in sugar and high in fibre, apples are a great on-the-go snack to keep you feeling full in between meals.

Pears

Another high-fibre fruit, pears are low in sugar and help to keep your heart healthy by keeping cholesterol levels in check.

Cranberries

This tart fruit is brimming with proanthocyanidins – antioxidants which help to fight off urinary tract infections by protecting the bladder against bacteria.

Leek

With their delicate, onion-like flavour, leeks could be your secret weapon to stave off winter sniffles. This is because they a good source of allicin, a special anti-bacterial antioxidant which helps to fend off bugs.

Blackberries

One of the healthiest members of the berry family, blackberries are high in vitamins A, C and K. They are also packed with the vision-enhancing antioxidant lutein.

Beetroot

There’s so much to love about beetroot. The nitrates found in beetroot convert to nitric acid, a compound which has been shown to improve fitness performance and cardiovascular healthy by widening blood vessels so that blood pumps through more freely.

Rocket

This peppery salad staple contains anti-inflammatory liver protective properties that help to cleanse the body of toxins.

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