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

by Maria on November 10, 2013

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

Sweet Potatoes – One of the Unsung Heroes of a Fat-Fighting Diet

Sweet potatoes have a reputation among health food advocates as one of the most densely nutritious low-calorie foods on the market.

They are said to contain carotenoids that appear to help stabilize blood sugar levels and lower insulin resistance which can, ultimately, help with your weight-loss efforts.

Besides, this starchy, nutritious, high in fiber vegetable keeps your tummy full for hours.

Sweet potatoes are rich in Vitamin C and potassium. They rival carrots, when it comes to beta-carotene content, which helps fight diseases like cancer, heart disease, as well as inflammation related diseases like asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.

In addition, packed with massive amounts of Vitamin A, sweet potatoes help you maintain proper eye health.

 

Yams – an Excellent Weight Loss Food

They are an excellent source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, potassium and fiber.

The natural fiber in yams helps to slow down the rate your body processes sugar, keeping you from being hungry between meals.

Yams can be prepared in a wide variety of dishes that are a delicious way to add this nutritious vegetable to your healthy weight loss diet.

 

Colorful, Fat-fighting Beets

Beets contain a wealth of fiber – half soluble and half insoluble. Both types play roles in fighting fat and, therefore, weight loss.  The powerful nutrient compounds in them  help protect against heart disease, birth defects and certain cancers, especially colon cancer.

Steaming is acceptable, but takes 25 to 45 minutes. Consider roasting them in the oven at 325°F until tender to develop their sweetness.

Whether pickled, cooked and diced for salads, or roasted, beets can help you with your health and weight-loss plan.

 

Low in Calories and High in Fiber Healthy Rutabaga

One half cup of raw cubed root has only 25 calories. Rutabaga is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, iron, manganese, and thiamin, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Also, it is a minor source of vitamins E and K and contains moderate amount of folate and choline.

It is one of the higher sources of plant-based calcium and phosphorus.

This vegetable helps to eradicate free radicals and prevent disease.

It can be fried, roasted, baked, or added to casseroles, stews, and soups, or eaten raw as well.

 

And last, but not least – Parsnips

Their fiber content will make you feel full, while their sweet taste will help alleviate hunger pangs, allowing you to stick to your weight-loss plan.

In medieval times parsnips had a reputation as an aphrodisiac.

Similarly to other vegetable, the soluble fiber in them lowers cholesterol and stabilizes blood sugar levels.

They’re, also, a source of folic acid and B vitamins and potassium.

Parsnips, with their dual advantage of high fiber content and flavorful taste, will make a wonderful addition to your culinary repertoire and help your weight-loss routine.

In conclusion, baking, roasting, or adding the above delicious root vegetables to stews is a great way to enjoy these nutrient powerhouses. Consider making an assortment of roasted beets, turnips, rutabaga, and parsnips for a low-fat side dish that will keep your belly, and taste buds satisfied, and help you lose weight at the same time!

The bottom line: For a reasonable amount of calories, fall fruits and vegetables provide you with fiber to make you feel full and lose weight, and nutrients to keep your body in robust health. Sounds good, doesn’t it?

 

 

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