7 Fall Foods to Add to Your Diet Now

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The leaves are changing and the weather is cooling — fall is officially here. But with the drop in temperatures comes calorie-heavy comfort food, which can sabotage your health. However, there’s no need to worry: Plenty of healthy fruits and vegetables are in season and ready for consumption. Here are seven fall foods to add to your diet now.

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1. Butternut squash

Filled with vitamin A, omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins, and folate, butternut squash is one powerhouse fall food and a perfect addition to any diet. Great as a soup or steamed with cinnamon and sugar, this versatile gourd is absolutely delicious this time of year. Another great thing about squash? It’s low in fat and calories, with only 80 calories per cup.

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2. Apples

The saying goes “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” and rightfully so. Packed with vitamin C, fiber, and the antioxidant quercetin, apples are a great food to fill up on this fall. Tasty in salads and pies or alone as a snack, apples boost your immune system and can help keep those colds at bay. Another reason to reach for this fruit? It may just help with fall allergies. Quercetin — found in the skin of the apple — is a natural antihistamine. So if you’re feeling extra sniffly, make sure you don’t peel off the skin.

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