As the temperature begins to cool, kids go back to school and college football seems just around the corner. You know what's coming: fall.
Summer gets a lot of attention for roadside farmers' stands selling everything from tomatoes to cucumbers to watermelons. True, a lot of healthy and tasty foods are harvested in the summer.
But what about the fall? This season doesn't disappoint, either.
There are so many fresh fruits and vegetables that come with the fall that it can be hard to narrow down which ones are best for you. But in this article, we'll look at 10 of the healthiest fall fares.
You'll want to consider a number of factors when evaluating whether a food is healthy, and opinions on different items are as varied as the foods themselves.
To help, nutritionist Dr. Joel Furhman created a scale called the Aggregate Nutrition Density Index, or ANDI. The ANDI scale ranges from 1 to 1,000 -- the latter being the rank for the most nutrient-dense foods available. The scores are based on nutrient density by calories, not serving sizes [source: Held].
Some grocers, like Whole Foods, have adopted the ANDI score to help consumers make healthy choices. But as in any system, a right balance is needed in food choices (for instance, olive oil is only a 9 but is a heart-healthy food that has many benefits), so use the scoring system with other information [source: Whole Foods Market].
Some of the items on our list have high ANDI scores; others have lower ones. But each one has some great property that makes it a health-food choice for eating well in the fall.