To welcome the fall season, I wanted to comment on choosing seasonal fruits and vegetables.  Depending on the time of the year and your location, certain fruits and vegetables are in season more than others.  Us Ohioans like our apples and pumpkins in the fall.  When the weather gets cold, fresh fruits and vegetables sometimes become harder to come by.

Fresh and in season produce are a fantastic option to add to your diet.  Fresh fruits and vegetables are at the most optimal point of ripening to enjoy.  Whole fruits and vegetables are natural and most of the time fat free.  Fresh produce is colorful and crunchy, juicy, and unprocessed.

Sometimes, your favorite fruits and vegetables may not be in season in your area.  There are definitely some healthy options and alternatives to solve this issue. Supermarkets offer an array of produce in different forms.  When fresh produce is not available, look for frozen and canned produce.  

However, you need to be careful about these products.  When choosing canned produce, choose fruit packed with 100% juice instead of syrup.  As with canned veggies, opt for the low sodium, or no salt added varieties.  When choosing frozen fruits and vegetables, choose items that have few ingredients.  Some frozen products may have additional salt and fat in the form of sauces and spices.  Read the ingredients and labels so you know you’re choosing the best products for your body.

As always, trust your gut.

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