It’s that time of year again – the air is crisper, the nights are chillier and colorful leaves are starting to fall from their branches. Yes, fall is here, the time where we say goodbye to the lighter food options of summer and hello to richer and warmer dishes. But this does not mean you need to sacrifice choosing organic food options. There are still plenty of fall fruits and vegetables that you can find easily in your grocery store that are organic.
Here’s a list to help get you started and your mind thinking of some delicious recipes!
High in fiber, folate and vitamin C, brussel sprouts are an underrated vegetable. You can usually find them either frozen or in the vegetable isle. They can be steamed, sautéed or roasted in the oven and are a perfect side dish to your main entrée.
Fresh cranberries are usually hard and bitter but are perfect for making your own sweet cranberry sauce or even cranberry juice. They have a good amount of vitamin C and fiber. Cranberries can be stored in the refrigerator or frozen for use in the future.
Pumpkins and Squash
We’re not talking about pumpkin lattes or donuts but pumpkins and squash on their own can be quite good. Pumpkins are not only carvable but also edible and packed with vitamin A which can help eyesight. Pumpkin seeds are a tasty snack and provide fiber. Squash, like acorn and butternut, are also popular this time of year. They are a good source of vitamin C and B6, which helps boost the immune system. Squash can be baked, pureed, turned into soup or even ravioli. Delicious!
Sweet Potatoes are a pretty magical vegetable. Not only do they taste delicious, they stay good for weeks and are easy to cook. Wash them off and throw them in your oven until soft and you’re done. They are also packed with fiber, vitamin A and C and potassium.
Nothing says fall more like apple picking, which is good because apples have a moderate amount of fiber and vitamin C. You may be able to find an organic farm stand or orchard to pick your own. But luckily, many grocery stores offer the organic variety for a bit more in price. Apple crisp, anyone?