My Top 5 Fave Fruits/Veggies to Cook and Bake With in the Fall!

Happy Fall, friends! This week on my blog, I really felt in the autumn season spirit and I wanted to share a few of my favourite healthy staples to cook and bake with during this wonderful season! Pumpkin is usually the champion of fall, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have other options! If you want to make your IG look super festive, keep on reading! These seasonal produce picks are all photo-ready and packed with good-for-you nutrients!

  1. Cauliflower

Anyone else love cauliflower rice?! Cauliflower is an awesome source of vitamins C and K, which helps to regulate your inflammatory response. This veggie is also super rich in folate, which is great for women wanting to conceive, or are already pregnant! It’s ingredients also help strengthen bones, and boost the cardiovascular system.

All of that cauli rice you've been mainlining is good for your bod beyond the whole low-carb thing. Cauliflower is a stellar source of vitamins C and K, which help to regulate your inflammatory response. Cauliflower is also rich in folate, which is crucial for any women thinking of conceiving since it helps prevent neural tube defects.

Recipe ideas: Cauliflower crust pizza, cauliflower and cheese soup, or try this amazing delicious vegan cauliflower Alfredo made by @RealFoodwithRebecca!

2. Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash is rich in fibre, beta-carotene and immune-boosting vitamin C. Like other winter squashes, it’s in season in fall through late winter, so it’s an awesome staple to include in your diet throughout the week! Fun fact: A cup of cubed butternut squash also provides 582 mg of potassium, more than the amount available in a banana!

Recipe Ideas: Great in pastas, soups, spaghetti squash noodles, and so much more! Try this simple recipe for roasted butternut squash!

3. Sweet Potato

This is one of my all-time favourite foods ever! I love sweet potatoes because they are super versatile, and much more flavour then your regular potato. They pack a ton of fibre, vitamin A and vitamin C in each serving. And obviously, they make really good fries!

Recipe Ideas: Sweet potatoes make a great noodle when you spiralize them, use them in pastas, stir fries and soups!

4. Apples

Perhaps the A-list celebrity of fall produce, the apple is as delicious raw as it is cooked! Did you know in North America alone, there are more than 2,500 varieties of apples? What’s your favourite kind? I love ALL apples! They are so amazing in pies, tarts, muffins, in salads, and with pork! And who doesn’t love apple picking in the fall season?

Recipe Ideas: Bake them in a yummy apple crumble, apple pie or just cut it up raw and enjoy with some greek yogurt!

5. Pumpkin

Pumpkins have rightfully earned their spot on this list! It is one of the best sources of alpha and beta-carotene, which can be converted into retinol to promote healthy vision! Pumpkin seeds are also a great source of omega-fatty acid that can help with things like heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Recipes: I’m actually making this delcious-looking pumpkin bread this week from Athletic Avocado, so super stoked to try it and i’ll give you a mini review in the next blog!

What are YOUR go-to fall fruits and veggies to add to your meals? There are so many amazing options for this time of year so you can never go wrong with trying them all! Happy cooking/baking! xo

Nutritional Info Accessed From:

Nicole O'Brien