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5 Autumn foods to stock up on

5 Autumn foods to stock up on

Eating seasonally means tastier produce, juicier fruits, and crispier vegetables. Not only does it taste better, but autumn produce also gives our bodies the nutrition they need to fight illness during the cold and flu season. Give these seasonal foods a try and discover how easy it is to use them to create dishes that are fresh, fun, and packed with flavour.

Pears are loaded with fibre to help improve digestion and are packed with vitamin C to boost your body’s immune system. Slice pears thinly and add them to a spinach, walnut and feta salad for extra crunch. Or, impress your dinner guests with a poached pear glazed in cinnamon and nutmeg. For something a little warmer, reimagine the classic crumble with pear instead of apple and serve with low-fat vanilla ice-cream.

Kiwi fruit
Kiwi fruit provides big health benefits. Not only does it contain the vitamin C our bodies need to fight off illnesses, but it also includes potassium, calcium, and magnesium that help promote healthy circulation. Use kiwi fruit to create the perfect after-school snack by combining your favourite yoghurt with bite-size chunks of kiwi fruit. Or, if you have a teething bub, slice the flesh of kiwi fruits into discs and freeze to create teething rings that will soothe sore gums.

Pumpkin is a classic autumn ingredient for both sweet and savoury dishes. Pumpkins contain a nutritious combination of vitamin C and beta-carotene, which boost your body’s creation of white blood cells to help fight infection. For a snack that will satisfy your savoury cravings, try roasting pumpkin seeds in the oven with chilli and fennel. You can use the pumpkin flesh to create a creamy pumpkin risotto that will warm bellies on a cooler night.

Rich in vitamin C and fibre, eggplant is the perfect combination of healthy and hearty. The combination of vitamins and nutrients found in eggplant can help your body defend against pesky autumn colds and help you fight off the flu. Bake slices of eggplant topped with tomato, basil, and mozzarella for a healthy take on parmigiana.

With its stunning colour and versatile flavour, beetroot is a popular ingredient for sweet and savoury recipes alike. For a savoury snack, create a spicy beetroot dip that can be spread onto crackers. Add spices like cumin and mustard seed for an extra punch of flavour. If you’d rather sweeten things up, bake up a delicious beetroot and chocolate cake.

Embrace autumn eating with these delicious seasonal fruits and vegetables. Discover more at Top Ryde City.
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