A number of benefits can be reaped from eating seasonal produce. Aside from reducing your carbon footprint, foods harvested near by and in season are known to carry better taste and fewer pesticide residues. As if that weren't enough, seasonal fruits and vegetables can also be counted on to please your wallet - which is always a plus. So then, what's in season, and how do you use it? Below are our picks for healthy, seasonal produce and convenient recipes including them.

1. Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are rich in magnesium, a mineral known to reduce stress and promote relaxation - something you'll be grateful for when mid-terms roll around. View Recipe Ideas

2. Pomegranates

Pomegranates pack a unique zing and a number of health benefits including the reduction of cardiovascular complications- (i.e. heart attacks), and may also contribute to breast and colon cancer prevention. Pomegranate seeds also fit nicely inside a BlenderBottle GoStak jar for when you're on the go. . View Recipe Ideas


Figs are rich in fiber and calcium - nutrients both beneficial to a balanced diet. This sweet fruit will help you stay full while promoting bone density. View Recipes Ideas

4. Cauliflower

Cousin to the super-vegetable broccoli, cauliflower holds it's own when it comes to health benefits. An excellent source of vitamin K, this cruciferous vegetable supports heart health by regulating blood vessel inflammation. View Recipe Ideas

5. Brussels Sprouts

Though small in stature, this vegetable is big on benefits. Brussels sprouts are are full of glucosinolates, which help battle bladder, breast, colon, lung, prostate, and ovarian cancer. View Recipe Ideas

6. Kiwis

The Kiwi fruit is full of antioxidants that help fight off fall-time ailments and reduce the severity of conditions such as arthritis and asthma.  In addition to the health benefits, Kiwis' soft texture and sweet taste make them a perfect add-in to any protein shake recipe. View Recipe Ideas

7. Pumpkin

The poster child of fall-time flavor is a member of the squash family, and complete with a number of health benefits. Pumpkins are full of fiber - keeping you full longer - and are said to contribute to healthy skin. View Recipe Ideas

  How are you using seasonal foods this fall? Tell us in the comments below.   Photos Courtesy of Wally Hartshorn, John, Andreas Dantz, RhiNo Neal, Barbara Hanson, Lynn Gardner, and Jeremy Seitz.
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