Update your plate and try these healthy eats for autumn

Posted on October 21 2018

Autumn has to be one of our favourite times of year. Try these healthy eats for autumn and update mealtimes by adding these colourful, nutrient-rich fruit and veggies to your dishes.

Barbecue season may have come and gone but there’s so much to love about the arrival of autumn. The shorter days and cooler weather bring with them a bounty of exciting foods to inspire you in the kitchen. Read on for our most scrumptious autumnal eats.

Pumpkin is probably the veggie that best defines autumn and this Halloween fave is rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A found in orange-hued plant foods which helps to keep skin looking its best.

Bored of carrots? Then opt for parsnips instead. Deliciously sweet when roasted or sautéed, parsnips are a good source of vitamin C and calcium to keep bones healthy.

These miniature-sized oranges are rich in vitamin C which helps to supercharge immune health by attacking bad bugs before they cause any harm. Eat them as a snack or cut up into segments and throw into winter salads.

Low in sugar and high in fibre, apples are a great on-the-go snack to keep you feeling full in between meals.

Another high-fibre fruit, pears are low in sugar and help to keep your heart healthy by keeping cholesterol levels in check.

This tart fruit is brimming with proanthocyanidins – antioxidants which help to fight off urinary tract infections by protecting the bladder against bacteria.

With their delicate, onion-like flavour, leeks could be your secret weapon to stave off winter sniffles. This is because they a good source of allicin, a special anti-bacterial antioxidant which helps to fend off bugs.

One of the healthiest members of the berry family, blackberries are high in vitamins A, C and K. They are also packed with the vision-enhancing antioxidant lutein.

There’s so much to love about beetroot. The nitrates found in beetroot convert to nitric acid, a compound which has been shown to improve fitness performance and cardiovascular healthy by widening blood vessels so that blood pumps through more freely.

This peppery salad staple contains anti-inflammatory liver protective properties that help to cleanse the body of toxins.

Check out our October wishlist for hot new buys this month; and how this one switch-up could boost your health overnight

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