Flavonoids of Fall

As we move into autumn, a whole new selection of colorful produce becomes available, including apples, potatoes, squash and several others.These seasonal foods have their own unique health benefits.

Question: What are flavonoids?

Answer: Flavonoids are antioxidants found in plants that have a positive impact on health. Flavonoids are also plant pigments that contribute the brilliant and beautiful colors found in plants especially the oranges, yellows and reds. Scientists estimate that there are literally thousands of flavonoids found in plant foods.

Question: What do flavonoids do?

Answer: Flavonoids are believed to reduce risk of cancer,heart disease, asthma and stroke, boost the immune system, promote longevity and protect brain health.

Question: What foods provide flavonoids?

Answer: Flavonoids are found in almost all plants, including herbs, fruits, vegetables, legumes, red wine, tea and chocolate. Some fall favorites include apples, squash, grapes, nuts, grains and berries.

Question: How can I get more flavonoids in my diet?

  • Eat a diet rich in a variety of whole, unprocessed fruits and vegetables.

  • Enjoy an abundance of raw fruits and vegetables.

  • Cook vegetables in a manner that protects the flavonoid content. When cooking, keep the vegetables brightly colored, avoid overcooking and use minimal liquid.

Apple Pecan Nachos

All you need:

2 pears, sliced

2 apples, cored & sliced

8 strawberries, chopped

¼ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

¼ cup white chocolate chips, melted

¼ cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes

¼ cup chopped pecans

All you do:

  1. Place apples and pears on a platter.

  2. Sprinkle strawberries over sliced apples and pears.

  3. Drizzle melted chocolate separately on top of fruit.

Sprinkle with coconut and pecans