Healthy Seasonal Holiday Foods

Have Your Pumpkin Pie & Eat It Too

November is here and you know what that means. You guessed it— November is the time that a lot of our favorite fall foods and flavors are in full swing. Pumpkins, cranberries, squash, apples, pears and oh so many more! With so many fall inspired recipes and treats, it can not only feel overwhelming which one to choose, but also easy to forget that these foods pack a powerful punch.

For example, pumpkin is high in vitamin A and great for supporting heart health. Pumpkin seeds are packed with heart healthy magnesium, immune boosting zinc and omega-3’s.

Apples are loaded with antioxidants, flavonoids, fiber and may also help lower the risk of hypertension, cancer and heart disease. Squash, which comes in many forms, offer significant amounts of vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B6, niacin, thiamin and folate.

Last, but certainly not least, my final example of nutrient loaded fall eats is the cranberry. Cranberries pack a powerful punch of vitamin C, dietary fiber, vitamin E, vitamin K and offer a super dose of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits. They are often referred to as a “super food” and historically have been used to help treat urinary tract infections. With many of these foods coming into their seasonal peak in October, November is a great time to indulge in these healthy seasonal favorite foods.

With so many delicious recipes that include these fall fruits and vegetables, it is important to remind ourselves that we are still benefiting from all of these nutrients and health benefits even as we treat ourselves. Who says you can’t have your pumpkin pie and eat it too?

One of my all-time favorite recipes to add to any fall meal is, well anything with a cranberry, but in particular, cranberry sauce. Nothing helps balance out some of the fall savory seasonings and spices better than the tang of cranberry sauce. I started using this recipe a few years ago and it has quickly become a favorite for our family festivities. This recipe also seems to get better after a few days in the fridge, which makes it the perfect topper on any fall leftover sandwich. It is sure to win your friends and family over as well.

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Ally Galloway, ACSM CPT, NASM FNS, BodyRock Training and Fitness
Ally Galloway, ACSM CPT, NASM FNS www.bodyrocktrainingandfitness.com 541-390-9648

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