10 Healthiest Foods Your Should Try This Fall

As you bid farewell to many of your favorite fruits and vegetables during the final days of summer, take note that those cooling autumn breezes usher in a new menu of choices to savor. Fall’s bounty presents a colorful palette of hearty textures and earthy flavors. Delight your palate, enhance your well-being and color your plate with these 10 healthy fall harvest foods.

1. Beets

Beets are a root vegetable, just like carrots, parsnips and turnips. Beets lend your immune system an assist by arming your body with antioxidants that are known as beta-carotene and betalains.

The ruby red pigment of a beet’s flesh is called betacyanin, which offers anti-inflammatory benefits. Beets are also excellent sources of potassium, fiber, and folate. In ancient Rome, beets were even thought to provide aphrodisiac properties.

Why should you try beets? Fresh beets are tastier and lack the rubbery texture of those that your grandmother may have served from a can. They come in a variety of hues, from dark red to golden yellow to red and white candy stripes. Beets are versatile when it comes to cooking and enjoying, but the best way to try beets is to roast them in your oven. Simply cut the beets into chunks or small wedges, toss them with salt, pepper and olive oil, and roast them at 450-degrees for 30 minutes.

The roasting process caramelizes the beet’s natural sugars and brings out the sweet flavor. Other ways to serve up beets include:

• Add leftover roasted beets to a salad.

• Make borscht, the Russian beet soup that was served as an offering of welcome to the Apollo 18 astronauts to sip at zero gravity during the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz collaboration between the USSR and the United States.

• When roasting the beets, add a combination of other fall vegetables, potatoes and chopped fresh herbs to the pan. You may choose to incorporate the next vegetable listed here into this colorful fall vegetable medley.

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