Autumn is here, and with it the return of pumpkin spice… well, pretty much everything. But beyond just appetizing pumpkin-flavored snacks and coffees, autumn brings with it a delicious bounty of healthy foods that are not only good for you, but also for your bones and teeth, as well!
In autumn, we celebrate the harvest of a wide variety of root vegetables and crisp fruits that are loaded with vitamins and nutrients. Apples, blueberries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, chestnuts, cranberries, kale, leeks, parsnips, pears, pomegranates, sweet potatoes, winter squash… and of course, pumpkins! Whether you’re eating these fruits and vegetables fresh out of the garden, baking them into a pie, or using them in any of a hundred other seasonal recipes, many of these healthy foods are filled with vitamins and nutrients that are great for your overall health, not to mention your healthy smile!
Pumpkins are full of vitamin A, chestnuts feature vitamin B6, Brussels sprouts are a great source of vitamin C, and apples and pomegranates are both loaded with antioxidants, just to name a few. Of course, we could be here all day listing all the health benefits of kale, which is a great source of vitamin K and beta-carotene! We’ve written before about superfoods and the importance of a good diet to your overall health, but as your Overland Park dentist, we really can’t over-emphasize the role that diet plays in maintaining healthy teeth and gums, so don’t miss out on the chance to get some valuable nutrients from some of these delicious autumn fruits and vegetables this year!
Looking for something new to do with your autumn harvest? You can find dozens of recipes online for everything from pumpkin energy bars to blueberry yogurt parfaits, apple cranberry muffins, roasted pumpkin seeds, poached pears, broccoli and cauliflower cheese bites, roasted acorn squash, butternut squash soup… the list goes on and on! So this year, don’t be afraid to try a new recipe, or even sample an autumn fruit or vegetable that you’ve never experienced before.
Pinterest is a great place to find loads of great recipes that can help you and your family add seasonal fruits and vegetables—and all the nutrition that they bring with them—to your diet! And that’s not even taking into account how great your kitchen is going to smell with all that cooking going on…
When it comes to maintaining a balanced diet, it can be easy to get stuck in a rut and keep going back to the same old standbys. And when you’re trying to make sure that you and your family are getting the nutrients that you need to stay healthy, it can be overwhelming to think about branching out. Fortunately, the addition of seasonal fruits and vegetables is an easy way to spice up your family’s diet while still getting the nutrition that you need for healthy bodies and healthy smiles. So take it from your Overland Park dentist: This autumn, don’t just pick up an extra pumpkin spice latte. Give some of the many healthy fruits and vegetables that the season brings with it a try. Your family will thank you, and so will your teeth!