“Fall” into meals and snacks featuring seasonal fruits and veggies perfect for busy families.
When the weather starts to turn a bit cooler, thoughts of changes to our menus are top of mind, too. One of the easiest ways I think there is to keep what we eat interesting to our families and ourselves is focusing on fruits and veggies by season. With a simple swap to what we add to salads, incorporating into hot dishes, and adding to grab and go snacks, in-season fruits and vegetables can be fun for all ages, regardless of cooking skills. Here are a few fall favorites to add to your daily routine, and check out the seasonal chart we have on IGA Better Choices for more inspiration!
Apples – A popular favorite with so many varieties, apples taste good and they are good for you, too. From antioxidants to fiber and more, a small to medium apple (about the size of your fist or a baseball) is 100 calories or less, so it fits right into your day. Try them washed and whole, cut into slices and served with a dip, baked and sprinkled with cinnamon, added to salads, served with entrees, and more. From appetizer through dessert, this fall favorite has you covered.
Carrots – Did you know that one medium carrot is only 25 calories? These are a favorite for snacking, and they also add nutrition, color, and great taste to the dishes you add them to. A favorite on a chilly day is to combine carrots and other vegetables with a chicken, pork, or beef. Fast and/or one dish oven meals are great for busy days, and the leftovers work well for future meals or to make a tasty, hearty soup.
What are some of your fall favorites? Try to incorporate them in your meal or snack today!