October Fruit and Vegetable Offers Abundance of Nutrition!
Pumpkin and apples are plentiful right now! Apple orchards, pumpkin patches and farmer’s markets have a wonderful selection and are fun to visit with the family!
The orange color of pumpkins offers benefits beyond Vitamin A (great for eyes and skin). It also provides phytochemicals like carotenoids, bioflavonoids, and the antioxidant vitamin C, good for vision, healthy heart, immunity and reducing some cancers. The pumpkin handout attached has more details and a great pumpkin oatmeal recipe! Pumpkin is a way we can sneak a vegetable into breakfast!
Apples are available in many colors and all the colors provide different nutrients and phytochemicals! Red has lycopene and anthocyanins, good for heart health, vision and immunity. Green has lutein and indoles, good for vision and reducing cancer risks. Yellow has carotenoids and bioflavonoids mentioned above . They all are good sources of fiber, beneficial to our digestive health, cholesterol, and more. Try baking an apple with some cinnamon, nutmeg, walnuts and a little light margarine for dessert! Eat them for snacks every day. Why not test out the saying “an apple a day keeps the Dr. away”?! Try them stuffed into a sweet potato and bake with a little cinnamon and nutmeg. It is like having dessert, but you’re getting your fruit and veggie serving! Enjoy!