Fall Foods for Weight Loss, Heart Health, and Immunity-Part One

by Maria on November 7, 2013

Fall is the perfect time to try new, low in calories and high in fat-fighting fiber produce, packed with concentrated nutrients and flavors, to satisfy your taste buds, keep your health in shape, and help you lose weight at the same time!

Moreover, in Chinese medicine, consuming foods that correspond to each season is thought to create harmony and balance.

Here are some health and weight loss staples of the fall season:

Apples – a Miracle Fruit that Keeps the Doctor and the Weight Away.

Apples may be enjoyed raw, dried, or baked.

 

Pear for an Antioxidant Boost

This juicy, fragrant and sweet fruit is a great source of copper and vitamin C which can help protect your body from free radical damage.

In addition, pears are an excellent source of dietary fiber, which has been shown to promote  colon and cardiovascular health, and weight loss as well.

 

Pumpkin – a Healthy Treat

It gives you all of the enjoyment without any of the guilt!

This low calorie food offers lots of vitamins, including vitamins A, B6, C and E.  Pumpkins are high in magnesium, phosphorus, iron, folate, niacin and thiamin.  The list also includes the all-important antioxidants beta carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin and other carotenoids which protect from certain cancers.

 

Brussels sprouts – the Perfect Fall Side Dish

Like nearly all vegetables, brussels sprouts are naturally low in fat and calories and high in fiber. But unlike most vegetables, brussels sprouts are rather high in protein. Even though the protein in brussels  sprouts doesn’t provide the full spectrum of essential amino acids, it can be made complete with whole grains. Therefore, you can skip a higher-calorie source of protein, like high-fat meat, and occasionally rely on a meal of brussels sprouts and grains.

Besides, this vegetable is loaded with vitamins C, A, E, potassium, and calcium and may protect against cancer and heart disease.

You may also want to try a variety of cabbages for their digestive health benefits.

 

Nutritious Carrots

Due to their high fat-fighting fiber, vitamins, minerals and carotenoids content, they are anything but ordinary!

Carrots are considered to contain an uncommon amount of beta-carotene.

This powerful antioxidant may ward off cancers of the stomach, cervix, uterus, and the oral cavity, and help prevent heart disease. Also, it keeps your eyes healthy.

And there’s more…eating more carrots could result in moderate weight loss. One of their fat-fighting features is their respectable fiber content, half of which is the soluble fiber calcium pectate which helps lower blood-cholesterol levels.

Carrots can make any meal healthier by adding them to soups, stews, or roasting them in a pan with your favourite meats.

By all means, thoroughly wash, peel, and cut off and discard one-quarter inch off the fat end of carrots to remove soil contaminants.

 

Turnips – a Dieting Super Food

If you are looking to lose weight, turnips should be part of your weight loss diet.

Did you know that turnips are considered one of the top 50 diet foods of all time, thanks to their high nutritional values, high fiber content, and low calorie count?

What is more, they are known for their exclusive ability to burn belly fat by eliminating excess toxins which often cause fat to accumulate around one’s waist!

Turnips are a versatile and easily prepared food that is available nearly all year long.

Consider steaming and mashing them for a delicious and healthy alternative to mashed potatoes.

Enjoy! I believe you will benefit in a huge way!

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