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10 Fruits and Vegetables in Season For Fall to Add to Your Plate

Seasonal eating is fresh, fun, and better for the environment. Add these fruits and vegetables in season for fall to your next shopping list!

What is your favorite thing about fall? I love the leaves changing, the cozy weather, and the fall activities. I also adore fall produce! I’m so ready for warming meals filled with the fruits and vegetables in season now.

Benefits of Eating Seasonally

  • Saves money. Seasonal produce is less expensive than out of season fruits and vegetables at the grocery store, because it is more plentiful.
  • Tastes better. Produce that is in season simply tastes better. If you’ve eaten a tomato in the middle of January, then you know what I mean!
    Adds variety to your diet. It is important to have variety in your diet, because different foods have different nutrients and benefits. If you eat seasonally, you are naturally adding variety to your diet as the seasons change.
  • Better for the environment. You’ll reduce your carbon footprint by choosing seasonal produce, because there was less energy used to grow and transport the food to your store. Bonus points if you shop at your local farmer’s market!
  • Less pesticide use. Foods grown out of season need a lot more assistance in the form of pesticides and chemicals to grow. Fruits and vegetables that grow naturally in fall weather conditions are easier to produce with less assistance.

Fruits and Vegetables In Season for Fall

Here is a list of 10 fruits and vegetables in season right now! You’ll also find recipes to inspire you to get into the kitchen.

Apples

Apple cinnamon coffee cake - Daisybeet

Apple picking is a quintessential fall activity, and it is dietitian approved! Apples contain fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants. Make sure to eat the skin, though, as it holds most of the fiber and antioxidants!

Make this apple cinnamon coffee cake, five-minute bircher muesli, or this kale salad with apple, cranberries, and pecans by Deb Perelman, by way of Cookie and Kate.

Beets

Beets - fruits and vegetables in season - Daisybeet

Beets are one of the healthiest foods to eat. Not only do they contain several vitamins and minerals, beets have nitrates and pigments (that give them their beautiful color). These compounds have several health benefits. The nitrates in beets convert to nitric oxide in the body, which dilates our blood vessels, temporarily lowering blood pressure. The pigments in beets have antioxidant effects that may reduce inflammation.

Try this beet and goat cheese salad with wild rice and chickpeas, dreamy pink beet + white bean dip, and these baked zucchini, beet, and sweet potato fritters.

Broccoli

Broccoli - fruits and vegetables in season - Daisybeet

Broccoli might just be my all time favorite vegetable. It is part of the cruciferous vegetable family, which also includes Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, and kale. In addition to fiber, vitamin C, iron, and potassium, broccoli has phytonutrients that lower inflammation and may help lower the risk of cancer.

Roast up a tray of this addicting lemon parmesan broccoli, try this broccoli salad with Thai peanut dressing, or this easy pasta and broccoli recipe by Skinnytaste.

Brussels Sprouts

Roasted fall vegetable kale and quinoa salad - Daisybeet

Brussels sprouts had a bad rap for a while, but they are absolutely delicious when roasted to crispy perfection. They share similar health benefits to broccoli, as they contain the same phytonutrients. Also, Brussels sprouts are an excellent source of vitamins C and K.

This kale quinoa salad with fall roasted vegetables contains Brussels sprouts. These crispy roasted Brussels sprouts by Chelsea’s Messy Apron look insane!

Cauliflower

Cauliflower - fruits and vegetables in season - Daisybeet

Cauliflower – the trendiest vegetable of our time. It’s been transformed into pizza crust, gnocchi, and rice because of it’s neutral flavor. But cauliflower is delicious in it’s natural whole form, too! It is a perfect neutral palate to experiment with lots of flavors. Cauliflower is high in fiber, vitamins C and K, and antioxidants.

I have a bunch of cauliflower recipes on the blog, so here is a little list:

Kale

Kale is a hardy green, so it holds up to the falling temperatures in the fall, which softer greens can’t handle. It’s a super nutrient dense food, and is loaded with nutrients including vitamins A, C, and K. Also, kale is a good plant-based source of calcium.

Tis the season to load up on all the kale salads! Try my favorite dairy free kale caesar salad, this Greek kale salad by Gimme Delicious, and this kale salad with carrot ginger dressing by Love & Lemons.

Pears

Hasselback baked pear oatmeal - Daisybeet

Pears are another in season fruit for the cooler months. They contain both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber is a prebiotic, feeding the good bacteria in our guts! Just like apples, the pear skin contains most of the fiber.

Try my hasselback baked pears on oatmeal for a delicious breakfast. I also love to roast pears with beets and sweet potatoes for a dinner side!

Pumpkin

Pumpkin alfredo sauce - Daisybeet

Pumpkin is a versatile and nutritious ingredient that is in season for fall. It can be used in both sweet and savory recipes. Pumpkin is a good source of fiber. It is also rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant that makes pumpkin orange, and benefits eye and skin health.

This vegan pumpkin alfredo sauce is one of my favorite pumpkin recipes to make in the fall! Also, try these healthier pumpkin muffins by Gimme Some Oven, or these pumpkin pancakes by Well Plated.

Squash

Butternut squash tacos - Daisybeet

You’ve probably seen lots of winter squash varieties showing up in your grocery stores and farmer’s markets. From butternut to delicata, winter squashes are abundant this time of year. They are a versatile ingredient – turn them into soups, curries, or mash them like potatoes. Winter squashes are rich in fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and carotenoid antioxidants.

Here are some of my favorite ways to prepare winter squash:

Sweet Potato

Sweet potato - Daisybeet

Last but not least, sweet potatoes are a favorite fall tuber. Sweet potatoes are slightly higher in fiber than white potatoes, and they are higher in vitamins A, B6, and C. I love roasted sweet potato wedges as a side with dinner!

Try these sweet potato toasts with Mediterranean salsa, Mexican stuffed sweet potatoes, and this sweet potato casserole by Joy Food Kitchen.

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10 Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast Recipes for Busy Mornings

A recipe round-up of 10 healthy make-ahead breakfast ideas that are perfect for people with busy schedules! Prioritize breakfast with these delicious recipes.

They don’t say breakfast is the most important meal of the day for nothing! As an RD, I am a big proponent of starting your day with a healthy breakfast. In order to optimize your breakfast, choose foods rich in fiber and protein, plus a little healthy fat, to start your day. Some healthy breakfast items include:

  • Whole grains and complex carbohydrates (fiber): oatmeal, quinoa, whole wheat bread or English muffin, sweet potatoes, fruit, high fiber cereal
  • Protein: yogurt, eggs, tofu, smoked salmon
  • Healthy fats: nuts, nut butter, avocado, cheese

Benefits of Eating Breakfast

Eating breakfast has several benefits. But, in order to reap those benefits, it’s important to eat a high quality breakfast with fiber, protein, and healthy fats.

  • Helps reduce appetite and may reduce energy intake throughout the day (1, 2)
  • Helps with weight maintenance (3)
  • Increases energy, because glycogen stores are replenished after fasting while sleeping
  • May reduce depressive mood and stress (4, 5)

10 Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast Ideas

A busy schedule and lack of time are some of the most common barriers to eating a healthy breakfast. If that sounds like you, not to worry. You can prepare all of these recipes ahead of time! They are also packed with fiber, protein, and healthy fats, so they will give you energy and keep you full for hours. Just grab them and go in the morning!

1. Five-Minute Bircher Muesli

Bircher Muesli is the OG overnight oats recipe. This version includes chia seeds for extra fiber, and yogurt to boost the protein content.

Healthy make-ahead breakfast - Daisybeet

2. Carrot Cake Baked Oatmeal

A healthy twist on the most delicious cake! This carrot cake baked oatmeal tastes great warm or cold, and is easily packable in Tupperware to bring to the office.

Healthy make-ahead breakfasts - Daisybeet

3. Berry Banana Baked Oatmeal with Chocolate Chips

This is another favorite baked oatmeal recipe! This version has fresh berries, banana, and chocolate chips. Because a little chocolate for breakfast is the best way to start the day.

Healthy make-ahead breakfasts - Daisybeet

4. Almond Butter Sweet Potato Muffins with Chocolate Chips

These muffins have plenty of good-for-you ingredients, like almond butter, sweet potato, and whole grain spelt flour. They are more filling than traditional muffins, and won’t spike your blood sugar like baked goods made with refined flour.

Healthy make-ahead breakfasts - Daisybeet

5. Veggie Packed Freezer Breakfast Sandwiches

No worries if you are a savory breakfast person – you can easily prepare egg sandwiches ahead of time! This version by Budget Bytes is packed with veggies. Just pop it in the microwave to heat and eat.

Budget Bytes Egg Sandwich - Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast Roundup

6. Strawberry Banana Overnight Oats

Overnight oatmeal is a super affordable and filling breakfast option with endless flavor possibilities. The Almond Eater used the classic strawberry banana combination in this version! There is fiber from the oatmeal/fruit and protein from the yogurt in this recipe.

The Almond Eater Overnight Oats - Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast Roundup

7. Banana Cream Pie Chia Pudding

This banana cream pie chia pudding by Choosing Chia looks so dreamy! Chia seeds contain fiber, plant-based protein, and omega-3 fatty acids, making them a nutrition powerhouse.

Choosing Chia Banana Cream Pie Chia Pudding - Healthy Make-Ahead Breakfast Roundup

8. Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

These pumpkin oatmeal bars by Shuangy’s Kitchen Sink look like such a treat for breakfast! You can store them in the fridge or freezer, and eat them warmed up or room temperature.

Shuangy's Kitchen Sink Pumpkin Oatmeal Breakfast Bars

9. Veggie Quinoa Egg Muffins

This unique egg muffin recipe by Savor the Best includes quinoa! These muffin are loaded with protein, whole grains, and veggies. Store them in the fridge or freezer if you want to save them for longer.

Savor the Best Veggie Quinoa Egg Muffins

10. Freezer Vegan Breakfast Burrito

This breakfast burrito is completely vegan, because Emilie Eats uses tofu in place of eggs! Tofu is a great source of plant-based protein, and is a good substitute for scrambled eggs. You can defrost these burritos in the oven while you get ready for the day, or pop them in the microwave.

Emilie Eats Vegan Breakfast Burrito

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10 Grain Salads to Meal Prep for a Week of Healthy Meals

Grain salads are so easy and healthy to meal prep for the week! Here are 10 of my favorite recipes that the whole family will love.

Greek quinoa grain salads

One thing that I work on with most of my clients is meal prepping. Whether your nutrition goal is weight loss, eating healthier, or following a specific diet plan, meal prepping works for everyone!

Benefits of Meal Prepping

Meal prepping is the process of planning and preparing your meals ahead of time. It involves choosing recipes to make, shopping for the ingredients, and cooking the meals, usually over the weekend. While meal prepping takes good organization and a little bit of time, there are many benefits.

  • You save time. Meal prepping requires a few hours to shop and actually make the food, but it will save you hours of time during the upcoming week.
  • You save money. Bringing homemade lunches to work is much less expensive than that $15 dollar salad bowl you’re going out for every day. Taking the time to make a grocery list and shop once also eliminates the need to go to the store multiple times per week to buy more food.
  • It’s healthy. Meal prepped food is generally healthier than restaurant meals. Of course, it depends on the recipe you choose, but home cooked meals have less added sodium, sugar, and saturated fat than take out.
  • You know exactly what you are eating. It’s empowering to know exactly what you are putting in your body, especially if you have a nutrition goal you’re striving to meet. There’s no question about how many cups of rice are in this bowl, how much oil they used, or how much salt they added. You get to dictate what you eat!
  • Reduce food waste. You go to the store to buy ingredients for three recipes. Think about it…once the food is already cooked into a delicious recipe, you’re way more likely to eat it! We’re all guilty of those nights we had every intention of cooking, but were too tired and ordered takeout. So that bag of spinach, peppers, and broccoli go bad before we get another chance to use them. Meal prepping ensures you use your food before it spoils!

Why Grain Salads are Perfect for Meal Prepping

Grain salads are amazing for meal prep because they check all the boxes of meal prep benefits. My basic formula for grain salads is as follows: 1 cup of grains, 2-3 types of vegetables, and protein of choice. I also like to add something creamy, like crumbled cheese or avocado. I then mix it in a simple dressing, and it’s good to go for the week!

  • Grain salads are easy to make, and not too time consuming.
  • Whole grains like brown rice, bulgur, or quinoa are inexpensive and can be purchased in bulk. You can also keep costs down by choosing vegetarian protein sources like beans for your protein!
  • Grain salads are a balanced meal all in one. They include vegetables and whole grains for fiber/complex carbs, protein, and healthy fats, which might come from avocado, tahini, or olive oil in your dressing. Because of this, grain salads will keep you full and satisfied through the afternoon.
  • When you make your own grain salads, you control exactly what goes into them! You can recreate your favorite takeout grain bowl, but in a healthier way.
  • Since grain salads require no assembly once they are made, you are way more likely to eat them!

10 Healthy Grain Salad Recipes

Here are some of my favorite grain salad recipes. Don’t they look so colorful, healthy, and delicious?

Greek Quinoa Salad with Lentils

Greek quinoa salad grain salads

Farro Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Feta

farro salad with roasted veg and feta grain salads

Asian Quinoa Bowls with Peanut Baked Tofu from Simply Quinoa

Asian peanut tofu quinoa bowl grain salads - simply quinoa

Green Goddess Quinoa Summer Salad from Pinch of Yum

Green goddess quinoa salad - pinch of yum

Kale Butternut Squash Farro Salad by Freshly Zested

kale butternut squash farro salad - freshly zested

Summer Grain Salad by Spices in my DNA

summer grain salad - spices in my DNA

Roasted Sweet Potato Black Bean Quinoa Salad by Crunchy Creamy Sweet

sweet potato black bean quinoa salad - crunchy creamy sweet

Slow Roasted Tomato Farro Salad by How Sweet Eats

farro roasted tomato salad - how sweet eats

Strawberry Quinoa Tabbouleh with Feta by Walder Wellness

Strawberry quinoa tabbouleh - walder wellness

Chipotle Black Bean Burrito Bowls with Seared Corn by From My Bowl

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