Fall Veggies to Add to Your Plate

Nutrient-Dense Fall Vegetables

The fall season brings with it lots of seasonal vegetables that are not only delicious additions to your meals but excellent sources of essential vitamins and nutrients. Try adding some of these seasonal veggies to your shopping list to give your meals a healthy kick this fall.

Pumpkin

Pumpkins are what we think of when it comes to fall flavors, colors, and even holidays. This symbol of the autumn season is also packed with the following vitamins and nutrients when you add it to your plate:

  • Vitamins A, C, B2, and E
  • Potassium
  • Fiber
  • Iron
  • Copper
  • Antioxidants

Adding pumpkin to your diet can also provide the following health benefits:

  • Boosts your immune system.
  • Supports healthy eye function.
  • Reduces your risk of cancer.
  • Promotes healthy skin.

Sweet Potato

As their name suggests, this naturally sweet and starchy vegetable is another seasonal item that packs a nutritious punch. Sweet potatoes and their skin provide the following health benefits:

  • Vitamins A, C, and B6
  • Protein
  • Fiber
  • Potassium
  • Copper
  • Antioxidants

Sweet potatoes also provide the following health benefits:

  • Supports your digestive health.
  • Reduces risk of colorectal cancer.
  • Supports eyesight.

Kale

Regardless of the season, kale is one of the most nutrient-rich foods that you can add to your diet. Eating kale is a surefire way to add the following vitamins and nutrients to your diet:

  • Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, and K
  • Calcium
  • Potassium
  • Copper
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Iron
  • Phosphorus

Kale also provides the following health benefits:

  • Boosts immune function.
  • Lowers cholesterol.
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease.
  • Reduces risk of cancer on a molecular level.
  • Supports eye health.

Beets

Beets are a root vegetable that are most commonly recognized for their color, but they’re also an excellent source of essential vitamins and nutrients while being low in calories. When you add this red vegetable to your diet, you're also packing your plate with the following nutrients:

  • Vitamins B9 and C
  • Protein
  • Fiber
  • Iron
  • Potassium
  • Manganese

Beets are also mostly made up of water, helping to keep you hydrated as you eat them.

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