10 Healthy Fall Foods



At the top of our list of 10 healthy fall foods is one you may have not tried, but one that is certainly gaining notoriety as a great tasting, super healthy leafy green.

Kale, a relative of the cabbage, is a dark leafy vegetable that is usually green but sometimes purple. The crinkled-looking leaves are chock-full of a number of healthy nutrients, and, like turnip greens, score a perfect 1,000 on the ANDI scale [source: WFM].

Kale is a great source of most important vitamins: A, K, C and B. It's loaded with beta-carotene, an antioxidant thought to prevent cancer and heart disease, as well as calcium, manganese and potassium.

It can be cooked like any other type of leafy green, and its texture stands up well to heat, as opposed to that of spinach.

So there you have it, a list of 10 healthy foods you should consider adding to the menu this fall. Considering the wide range of foods we've looked at, who says eating healthy has to be boring?

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