Have you shopped for your Thanksgiving meal yet? Pumpkins, apples,
squashes... there are so many delicious produce options that we wait all year
long for that Fall delivers. Pumpkin season is officially here, and while
pumpkin spice lattes and pumpkin pies might not be the healthiest options --
pumpkins are excellent for creating hearty, warming soups in your slow
cooker that will boost your health and immune systems. You can also make a
delicious and healthy snack out of roasting the seeds.
Aside from the great pumpkin, here are some more fall seasonal produce you
should snap up from your local farmers market to put on your table.
Like pumpkins, we see a lot of apple-based recipes in fall. But let’s not forget
that fall is prime apple season too. You can enjoy the fresh-picked taste of
this ultimate natural health food right out of your fruit bowl, sliced and
topped with natural nut butter, or even added to your salads.
Why should kale get all the attention? Get an organic batch of winter greens
that are either mixed or separate with collard greens, mustard greens, or
turnip greens. These greens all have plenty of vitamins and minerals plus
loads of antioxidants. Make them into salads, sauté them and top them with
baked fish, or add them to your soups and stews for more nutrition this fall.
Juicy and delicious, pomegranates are a superb fall choice. They do take
some effort to eat, but the effort is entirely worth it. You can also garnish your
salads with them for a bright pop of color.
There are so many types of pears. Bartlett pears are among the most well-
known of them, but your farmers market may have a different, lesser-known
variety to try and love. They’re juicy and enjoyable on their own but if you
want a dessert that tastes sinful without wrecking your goals, try poaching
your pears for a genuinely classy finish.
Fun fact: sweet potatoes are not yams or related to potatoes. Bake them up
with some cinnamon to enjoy their custardy texture and sweetness without
Pumpkin technically falls into the squash category, but the others you
shouldn’t miss are acorn, spaghetti, and butternut. They are hearty and
healthy, not to mention delicious.
They almost look like underripe tomatoes but look closely and you’ll see
they’re persimmons. Most supermarkets don’t carry them, even in the height
of its season. Look for them at your local farmers market. They make a great
While they stain, beets cooked or raw are a root veggie that you shouldn’t
miss. You can buy them pre-made in your produce section to make them even
easier to consume. They’re amazing on salads with a little crumble of goat
cheese and walnuts for good measure.
Make the most of the season’s bounty, and you’ll be making the most of your
grocery budget, not to mention, the most of your health too! Wow your guests this Thanksgiving with a little something they aren't expecting!!!