Monday, September 24, 2012

The healthiest foods at fall farmers markets

Fall in Silicon Valley is a wonderful time if you like end-of-season heirloom tomatoes, but do you know what other crops are at their prime in the fall?  

The team that works with Bob Greene of  The Best Life diet plan sent along Greene's picks for the best outdoor market picks this fall and I thought I'd pass it along..


Top Fresh Market Finds to Add to Your Grocery List This Fall:

  •  Apples: They’re high in fiber, plus they contain quercetin, which has cancer-fighting properties.
  •  Pears: A medium pear contains an impressive six grams of fiber. Be sure to eat the skin; it’s high in antioxidants.
  • Grapes: Red and black grapes are a great pick because they contain heart-healthy anthocyanins as well as resveratrol, another phytochemical that protects the heart and helps fight cancer.
  •  Oranges: One 60-calorie orange delivers 100 percent of your daily value (DV) of vitamin C, three grams of fiber and 10 percent of the DV of folate, a B vitamin that helps fight cancer and birth defects. (You’ll typically find these in orange-growing states, such as Texas, Florida and California.)
  •  Rapini (broccoli raab): This versatile veggie looks like broccoli and can be used in many different kinds of cuisine, including Italian and Chinese. It’s a great source of vitamins A and K, plus it provides cancer-fighting “phenolic compounds.”
  •  Shelling Beans: These fully matured beans in the pod have to be shelled before eating, but they take only about 15 minutes to cook. They come in many varieties, including black-eyed peas and cranberry beans, and are a good source of protein and fiber.
  •  Celery Root (celeriac): This knobby-looking brown vegetable that’s available from October until March contains compounds that help lower inflammation (a trigger for heart disease and other chronic conditions).
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