Fall Veggies

This autumn, add more color to your life with some healthy fall veggies. Here are some options that are sure to liven up your plate, and why they should be part of your diet.

Sweet Potatoes (Yams): Sweet potatoes contain twice the daily recommended amount of vitamin A for improved vision, fiber for digestive health and four times the daily recommended amount of beta-carotene, to give your immune system a boost. And since sweet potatoes are complex carbohydrates, they digest slowly to leave you feeling fuller longer — for only about 145 calories. Add sweet potatoes to your everyday meals by replacing French fries with baked sweet potato fries or mashed sweet potatoes with dinner.

Try this! Sprinkle some GlucAffect® on a baked sweet potato instead of cinnamon and sugar. It will add a tasty cinnamon flavor and help manage your blood sugar.

Butternut Squash: The most popular winter squash contains vitamin E to protect against free radical damage, B6 to aid in brain function and potassium to help regulate muscle function. It is also naturally low in saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium and calories — only 45 calories per serving. Add butternut squash to your diet by chopping one up for a pasta or stir-fry, slow cooking it in your next roast recipe or making butternut squash soup to warm up on those cool autumn nights.

Cranberries: Cranberries are filled with vitamin K and manganese for bone health, and vitamin C for your immune system. A cup of this power fruit is only 45 calories. Add cranberries to a salad, mix them into your bread recipe or into Reliv smoothies. Cranberry juice is a delicious option, but make sure to check the label so you aren’t buying a juice cocktail, which is typically filled with added sugar and water — diluting the nutrients.

Try this! Add cranberries to your favorite Reliv smoothie recipe for a tart and tangy treat!