Pumpkin is a fall favorite! It’s loaded with the antioxidant beta-carotene which the body converts to vitamin A for eye health. Current research indicates that diets rich in foods containing beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer and protect against heart disease.
1/5 of an avocado (1 oz. serving) has 50 calories, 4.5 gm fat and nearly 20 vitamins and minerals. Although avocados have more fat than any other fruit, they are heart-healthy mono and polyunsaturated fats that may help reduce cholesterol levels and heart disease risk when consumed in moderation.
Chia seeds have a mild, nutty flavor and can easily be added to salads, cereal, rice dishes or yogurt. Chia seeds are an excellent fiber source, heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids and a good source of protein.
Tomatoes are nutrient packed produce that offer great health benefits. Tomatoes are a source of lycopene an antioxidant that gives them their color. Several studies have reported that intake of tomato products may reduce the risk of some cancers. Consuming tomatoes with a fat source such as olive oils increases the amount of lycopene absorbed.
Enjoy these easy-to-prepare baked zucchini Parmesan crisps, which can make for a great healthy appetizer or snack. Consider adding additional herbs and spices for an additional flavor boost.
Hummus is a great choice for a healthy dip or condiment for sandwiches. Garbanzo beans, or chick peas, are great for an easy snack or a great salad topper. Garbanzo beans are rich sources of protein and fiber to keep you feeling full.