The 8 Best Fall Foods

It’s fall—the time of year when pumpkin-flavored everything is littering the menus of every restaurant under the sun. That’s fine (as long as the pumpkin flavor is coming from actual pumpkins, and not some calorie-laden sugar syrup), but laser-focusing on one flavor means you’re ignoring some of the best-tasting—and craziest looking—vegetables of the season. Get your mind out of the pumpkin patch (almost) and look for these eight vegetables that you might not be able to find any other time of year.

‘Pendragon’ Apples

Eat them: The healthiest apple in the world, according to British scientists, is an organic ‘Pendragon’ apple, an 800-year-old heirloom variety that originated in England. Why? It has the highest levels of eight different antioxidants and compounds known to control blood sugar and lower heart-disease risk, according to a paper the scientists presented to the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. They also found that in some cases, organic apples had several thousand times more of these compounds than nonorganic apples.

Find them: While you might not find ‘Pendragon’ apples anywhere close to you—the scientists had to source them from a single small orchard in England—that’s okay. The research found that organic ‘Golden Delicious’ apples were next in line, as far as nutrient content goes. As long as they’re organic, eat lots of apples, now when they’re in season. An apple a day—any kind—keeps heart attacks away, according to a new study from Ohio State University.

 

Black Walnuts

Eat them: These cousins of the standard English walnuts you’re accustomed to eating may keep you happy as long summer days wane. They contain some of the highest levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that keeps your mood and stress levels in check, of any food.

Find them: Black walnuts can be found in the nut aisles of most gourmet grocery stores, but why pay the Read the rest of this entry »

6 Chips That Aren’t Potatoes

Spud-less snacks

Here at Prevention, we’re no stranger to the 4 PM crash that only one food can cure: chips. Savory, crunchy, finger-lickin’ chips. We’ve already shown that chips can be healthy (check out this year’s healthiest chips in our Clean Food Awards) but did you know they can also be spud-less? We crunched our way through the small-but-growing non-potato chip niche and couldn’t wait to share our faves. Betcha can’t eat just one…or 10.

Clean Foods We Love is a monthly roundup of our favorite grocery snacks, leading up to the annual Cleanest Packaged Food Awards . Each featured product aligns with our Clean Food criteria: GMO-free, with no more than 10 g of added sugar and 200 mg of sodium.

 

Dang Foods Toasted Coconut Chips

Ah, a taste of the tropics. These coconut chips are extra crispy but still have the melty, luxurious mouthfeel of coconut. Thank the coconut oil. Sure, it’s chock full of (healthier, plant-based) saturated fat, but it’s also high in lauric acid, an ingredient that helps boost immunity. With just three ingredients and a bunch of crunch, these totally sated our sweet chip craving.

NUTRITION (per 0.7 oz serving, about half a package) 115 cal, 1 g pro, 12 g carb, 3 g fiber, 8 g sugar, 7 g fat, 7 g sat fat, 0 mg chol, 115 mg sodium

INGREDIENTS: Coconut, sugar, salt

 

Rhythm Superfoods Texas BBQ Kale Chips

If you like kale chips (and who doesn’t?), then you’ll love these, which quelled our barbecue craving without leaving us with Read the rest of this entry »

Police your portions

Does your steak take up more than half your plate? Think about cutting your serving of beef in half. That’s because it’s best to try and fill half your plate with veggies or a mixture of Read the rest of this entry »

9 Ingredients That Make Any Meal Healthier

What’s the quickest way to load your dinner down with antioxidants? Add oregano. Need more iron? Add lavender. If you’re not utilizing all the fresh herbs overflowing at farmers’ markets right now, you’re missing out nature’s real miracles, tiny taste-enhancers loaded with compounds that add antioxidants and vital minerals to every dish, and some that can even cut down on toxic chemicals that form while cooking. Even if you don’t care about nutrition, they’ll all help you make totally killer meals sure to impress anyone.

Thyme

One of the most commonly used medicinal herbs, thyme has been used for everything from killing germs to curing colds. But don’t just relegate it to your medicine cabinet. Two teaspoons of the herb pack in nearly 20 percent of your daily requirement for iron, and it’s also rich in manganese, a mineral that boosts brain function and aids in healthy bone, skin, and cartilage formation.

Parsley

Two tablespoons of fresh parsley will provide more than 150 percent of your daily requirement for vitamin K, which plays an important role in blood clotting, proper bone formation, and liver function. A super side benefit of eating parsley is that the herb’s odor-beating chlorophyll will freshen your breath—which might spice things up in your bedroom. The ancient Greeks utilized parsley as an aphrodisiac.

Lemongrass

This aromatic, citrusy grass is probably best known for its prevalence in Southeast Asian cuisine. And exotic lemongrass—which derives its flavor and scent from the same compound found in lemon zest—is not only a great addition to recipes, but also is prized in Read the rest of this entry »

When to weigh

You’ve been following your diet for a whole week. Weigh to go! Now it’s time to start tracking your progress (and make sure pesky pounds don’t find their way back on). “It’s best to step on the scale in the morning before eating or Read the rest of this entry »