Your Definitive Guide to Fall Superfoods

What do acai berries, spinach, avocado and chocolate have in common? Besides all being absolutely delicious, they are also commonly referred to as ‘superfoods’. But what exactly makes a food ‘super’? And why should we be including them in our diets?

Despite becoming a buzzword in recent years, there is no scientific definition of a superfood. However, it’s commonly agreed that these foods have extra-large doses of vitamins and minerals. Some of the nutrients that superfoods contain include antioxidants, healthy fats, fiber and phytochemicals. These nutrients help ward off cancer, prevent disease and digestive problems, and shield our bodies from cell damage.

These superfoods become even more important to integrate into our diet as we examine the typical western diet. Our food is over processed, high in saturated fat and sugar, and low in vegetables and fruits. This type of diet has been linked to obesity, heart disease, hypertension, depression and inflammation throughout the body. A shift to unprocessed superfoods allow our bodies to break down and derive the nutrients we need, helping out bodies to stay disease-free and function at optimal levels.

As we move into Fall, this is a perfect time to take a look at what we’re feeding our body, and how we can boost our overall health and wellness routine. The season is marked by dwindling daylight hours and cooler temperatures. Common colds begin to appear and a general feeling of fatigue can take over during these shorter days. Adding seasonal superfoods into your diet will revitalize your physical and mental health and there are an abundance of fruits and veggies available thanks to fall harvest. Here are a few fall superfoods to seek out and add to your next warm, grounding meal. Your body will thank you!

Apples:

Benefits: good source of antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C
Harvest Season: August - November Recipes: Green Apple Pie Smoothie

Winter Squash:

Benefits- good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, fiber, potassium, and magnesium
Harvest Season: October - February 
Recipe Ideas: Autumn Harvest Salad

Sweet Potatoes:

Benefits: good source of antioxidants, vitamin A, potassium, fiber and are anti-inflammatory
Harvest Season: September - December 
Recipe Ideas: Sweet Potato & Beet Burger, Sweet Potato Fries

Brussel Sprouts:
Benefits: good source of Vitamin K, vitamin C, iron and folate
Harvest Season: September - March 
Recipe Ideas: Brussels Sprouts Salad
Dates:

Benefits: good source of fiber, potassium, magnesium and antioxidants 
Harvest Season: September - December
Recipe: Paleo Fruit & Nut Protein Bread, Power Protein Bars