School is in session, hot summer days are a thing of the past, and the leaves are changing colors. But those aren’t the only signs that Fall is here. Take a stroll through the produce section at the grocery store and you’ll notice a few changes there too. As our beloved summer fruits disappear, new fall favorites start to replace them. Here are 4 delicious and healthy treats served up by nature each Fall.
Persimmons - A wonderful and nutritious fruit to snack on! Be sure to pick out the non-astringent kind (Fuyu). You can eat it like an apple, or you can dice it up and add it to hot cereal or a yogurt parfait. Persimmons are full of fiber, Vitamin A & C.
Butternut Squash - This squash makes a delicious soup by dicing up, cooking in vegetable broth and pureeing it in a blender. You can also eat it as a side vegetable by cutting it in half, removing the seeds and baking it with a little water and oil drizzled on top (bake at 400 °F for about 40 minutes with flesh facing down). This squash is also great to dice up raw and add to a stew, chili, or cook/blend into a pasta sauce. It contains lots of fiber, Vitamin A & C, potassium, and magnesium.
Pomegranates - These fruits may seem like a lot of work but here’s a quick tip that makes them much easier to enjoy: Peel them while they are submerged under water and all the seeds sink to the bottom and the skin floats to the top. Pomegranate seeds are perfect for snacking on or used as a cereal topping. Also try sprinkling them onto salads, tacos or enchiladas. They are full of fiber, Vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants.
Pumpkin Seeds/Pepitas - These are tasty and easy to make. Scoop them right out of the pumpkin, and separate the flesh from the seeds. Toss the seeds in a little olive oil and salt, and spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Cook them at 400 degrees until golden brown (usually about 45 minutes) and voila! Alternatively, you can find the pumpkin seeds without the shell (pepitas) at the grocery store. Eat them on their own as a snack, use them to top cereal or yogurt, or grind them up and add them to your pancake mix.