Fall is in the air…

As the season changes, it’s important to change with it, shifting not only your wardrobe choices and thermostat, but your diet as well. Fall is a season rich with healthy, delicious foods. As always, it’s wise to select organic, locally grown products to ensure you are receiving the best nutritional quality for your buck.

Here are some vitamin-rich, health-supporting fall foods to pick up next time you’re meandering around the grocery store.

  1. Apples. You know what they say: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Research has revealed some truth in this overused saying. A component of an apple’s skin is a chemical called quercetin, a powerful anti-oxidant capable of keeping a host of diseases at bay. So, don’t discard the skin! That’s the healing element of nature’s sweet-tasting fall treat. Enjoy this natural dessert to ensure you don’t miss a workout at the Greenville athletic club on account of sickness.
  2. Pumpkin. If you eat half a cup of pumpkin you’ll receive a full dose of Vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, plus a good dose of potassium (more than 10% of the daily recommended amount).
  3. Brussels Sprouts. Chalk-full of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, calcium, iron, and folate, these underrated, crunchy veggies taste delicious, especially when roasted or pan friend with bacon!
  4. Kale. Known for its nutritional properties, kale provides more Vitamin K than any other leafy green. It’s high in beta-carotene, an anti-oxidant, which is believed to support the immune system and potentially prevent certain cancers.
  5. Parsnips. Rich in potassium and an excellent source of fiber, these carrot-like veggies have a sweet, almost nutty flavor perfect for fall soups and sauces.
  6. Pears. Here’s another fall dessert to enjoy! Pears, like apples, are a good source of fiber. They also deliver a good supply of Vitamin C and copper.
  7. Cauliflower. Cauliflower contains compounds that may prevent cancer and phytonutrients that may lower cholesterol. What’s more, it’s an excellent source of Vitamin C. If you haven’t tried cauliflower mashed potatoes, you are missing out.
  8. Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes provide a heavy supply of Vitamin A and iron, and offer anti-inflammatory benefits. Include some sweet potato goodness into your diet. Sweet potato fries are highly recommended!

To support your health and fitness goals at the Pivotal Fitness Greenville gym, it’s important to maintain a mindful, balanced diet. Eating with the seasons helps to cultivate this balance. For extra nutritional guidance, consult nutritionists at the Pivotal Fitness Greenville health center.