The weather is finally cooling down and leaves are starting to change. The fall season is in full swing! During these months, try adding cranberries and pumpkin to your diet. Both offer high antioxidant power, which may reduce your risk of many chronic diseases. Adding different spices is a great way to help boost the flavor of your recipes and provide extra nutrition. Some great fall spices to keep on hand are cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and garlic. Nuts are also a great way to add some good nutrition and crunch to your recipes.
As we transition from summer to fall so does our seasonal produce. During the summer we get to enjoy zucchini and yellow squash. Now that fall has arrived, we can enjoy butternut squash. This wonderful squash can provide us with many nutrients and health benefits. Just to name a few, butternut squash is a good source of fiber, potassium and vitamins A, C and B6.
Okra is a vegetable that is grown during the warmer seasons. Also known as "ladies’ fingers", okra provides a good source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. When consumed in a healthy diet, okra can promote heart health and strong bones. It may also help reduce your risk of developing cancer.
Tomatoes are the second most eaten vegetable in the United States and the American Institute for Cancer Research identifies them as an excellent source of vitamins C and A. There are many great ways to cook with tomatoes, especially during the summer months. Check out these delicious and easy to prepare tomato recipes!
This month's recipes feature a dish loaded with summer vegetables, many of which are grown locally here in Virginia, and a sweet treat full of fresh fruits. Whether you need an idea for a quick, healthy dinner or a fun, wholesome snack to cool down with, these recipes are sure to help you welcome the summer months.