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
|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
|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
|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