The word “autumn” conjures up thoughts of crisp, colorful leaves, warm mugs and family traditions. For many families, traditions tend to focus on food. Autumn is a time for pumpkin bread, chili and warm apple cider. Allow us to introduce you to a few other autumn fruits and veggies you might be skipping but can add to your family’s tradition list. Try these autumn fruits and veggies today!
Autumn Fruits and Veggies: #1. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are more than just mush covered with roasted marshmallows in your Thanksgiving buffet. You can cook these and serve them in the same ways as other potato varieties but are a healthier alternative.
Why kids love them: You can make them into fries!
Why moms love them: High in vitamins A, C and E, sweet potatoes help support a healthy immune system.
Autumn Fruits and Veggies: #2. Cranberries
Is your only experience with cranberries a bitter juice cocktail and a can of jiggly gelatin? You’ve got to try fresh cranberries! They’re great to throw in muffins or bread recipes to increase your intake of antioxidants. As for this year’s cranberry sauce, grab a bag of fresh cranberries and make your own. They easily boil down in water, and then you can sweeten with honey or sugar and add some orange or lemon zest for extra zing!
Why kids love them: Watching them burst when cooking is pretty cool.
Why moms love them: Increased antioxidants are good for you.
Autumn Fruits and Veggies: #3. Brussel Sprouts
As kids, we all thought Brussel sprouts were yucky, so we grew up to be adults who could finally stop eating them. Don’t you think it’s time to quit holding the grudge? Brussel sprouts are making a comeback, people!
Toss with olive oil, salt and garlic, and roast them until crispy. This will be your new favorite side dish! Plus, brussel sprouts are a great source of vitamins, fiber and antioxidants, too!
Why kids love them: They can be served crispy, and kids can eat them with their fingers.
Why moms love them: Roasted baby Brussel sprouts are not your mama’s boiled, mushy Brussel sprouts!
Autumn Fruits and Veggies: #4. Butternut Squash
Veggies that taste like dessert — yes, please! Butternut squash is great with cinnamon and nutmeg (favorite autumn spices!). You can cube the squash and then boil or bake it. Think texture like a potato and taste like a pumpkin. Yum!
Why kids love them: Sprinkle their favorite pumpkin pie spices onto the squash and eating their veggies isn’t nearly as yucky as they thought it would be.
Why moms love them: Butternut squash is often recommended in nutrition programs and for controlling cholesterol, making this yummy veggie a great new addition for kids and parents.
Autumn Fruits and Veggies: #5. Grapefruit
Think you don’t like grapefruit? Then you haven’t tried baked grapefruit! Cut the grapefruit in half, cut around the sections, drizzle on some honey and sprinkle some cinnamon, and bake for 15 minutes at 375 degrees. Delicious!
Why kids love them: The little sections are the perfect bite size for little mouths.
Why moms love them: Vitamin C jackpot! During cold season, you are always looking to up your vitamin C game — and grapefruits are the perfect snack to do just that!
Go introduce some new foods to your family and maybe reintroduce yourself as well. Awesome autumn fruits and veggies are waiting for you to pick them!