Have you been craving comfort foods, soups, and heartier dishes? You can thank the cooler mornings and evenings for that! As you may have noticed, your local grocery store is now highlighting produce like persimmons, pomegranates, rainbow carrots, and winter squashes to remind you of the changing seasons.

Below we’re highlighting some family friendly fruits & vegetables that you can pick up on your next grocery run!

  1. APPLES – Check out your local farmer’s market to discover all the unique apples that are available this fall. Eating apples actually does help keep the doctor away because they have such amazing health benefits like maintaining heart health, providing fiber, and loads of antioxidants which help prevent several diseases like diabetes and cancer. If you love juicy, crisp apples, try adding diced pieces into a green salad with nuts, seeds, some lean protein (tofu, chicken, hardboiled eggs, and/or edamame), and your favorite light dressing. Check out this website for more apple varieties, and health facts.

  2. WINTER SQUASHES – there are so many varieties of winter squashes that are delicious, nutritious, and can last for weeks in your home without spoiling due to their thick rinds. All the squashes below are rich in vitamins and fiber to keep you fuller for longer. Cooking tip: don’t toss the seeds! In a small bowl, add some high heat resistant cooking oil like avocado or grapeseed, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper and roast in a sheet pan at 400 degrees for 5-8 minutes, or until slightly toasted. Enjoy as a crunchy snack or tossed into a salad.
    • Acorn squash should be purchased mostly green with few orange spots, as too much orange will mean you will have a dry squash. This squash is especially great for baking, and stuffing. Try it roasted and topped with yogurt and granola for a filling breakfast!
    • Butternut squash is sweet, smooth, and nutty. One pound of butternut will be approximately 2 cups of peeled, cubed squash. Use it in soups, pies, purees, and even in homemade baked goods. Though the rind is edible, it’s usually peeled off before cooking.
    • Spaghetti squash is a bright yellow squash that is mild in flavor, making it perfect to use in recipes you would normally make with pasta. After cooking the squash, you can use a fork to scoop our spaghetti like strands. Try mixing it with a pesto or marinara sauce with chunky vegetables.

Enjoy the season, and happy eating!