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Five Fall Faves

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Even though I live in Florida, I can still appreciate the fall. We had our own little cold front come through earlier in the week and it was in the 40's overnight and 60's during the day. That cool air felt so good! I love the "crisp" feel in the air and the sound of fallen leaves under my feet.

When the weather cools, I often think of my fall favorite foods. My friend brought me a little dish of pumpkin ice cream the other day. Mmmmmm. So rich and creamy, it was a sinful little indulgence that I enjoyed every bite of.

Speaking of crisp, don't you just love apple season? Apples are so good when they are crunchy and sweet. You can eat them raw, baked them with a sprinkle of cinnamon, or slice them up into an apple crisp.

One of my true favorites at this time of year is winter squash. I love the sweet and almost creamy taste of squash. It is actually quite easy to prepare. My favorite is butternut squash (see picture), and I simply poke a few holes in the skin with a fork and stick it in the microwave for 15 minutes. It is really HOT when it comes out, so be careful. Cut it open, scrape out the seeds, and dive into the yummy fleshy part of the squash. I eat it as is, but you can add a pat of butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon or brown sugar if you like.

Since this is a nutrition blog, let me tell you a few of the benefits of my "Five Fall Fave" foods:
  1. Apples: Vitamin C, fiber, and phytochemicals quercetin, beta-carotene, and chlorogenic acid
  2. Pumpkin: Fiber, potassium, selenium, Vitamin A, and carotenoids beta-carotene, alpha carotene, lutein
  3. Pumpkin seeds: Omega-3 fats, iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, Vitamin K
  4. Winter Squash: Vitamin C, potassium, fiber, Vitamin B6, magnesium, Vitamin A, beta-carotene
  5. Cranberry: Vitamin C, fiber, phytochemicals and phenolic antioxidants
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MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N

Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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