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10.04.2016

Fall Foods that Are Great for Your Oral Health

 

Here are a few fall favorites that are actually great for your health!

Pumpkins

These are the quintessential foods that are available during the fall season, most commonly available in pumpkin pie. While the pie is always a fall favorite, it is not very good for your teeth. Pumpkins are actually very versatile and can be made into all sorts of different dishes.

One such dish is a pumpkin salad. You can bake the pumpkin whole and then chop it and mix it with other greens such as spinach. You can even bake the seeds with light salt and use them as a topping for the salad. Pumpkin is very nutritious, including the seeds, and is a great source of vitamins and minerals.

Apples

Apples come in season starting in September. They are without a doubt one of the most popular fruits. During the fall season, many people opt for baking pies using apples as filler.

Instead of baking a pie, why not bake the apple itself? Apples are full of natural sugars that will burst with flavor once baked. Sprinkling cinnamon on top will give them some extra flavor. Using sweeter apples such as red delicious work the best for this healthy dessert.

Mushroom

While they are available throughout the year, mushrooms are at their peak during the fall season when the weather starts to cool and it is ideal for them to grow. These are an especially versatile source of nutrients that can be used in a variety of ways.

There are many different kinds of mushrooms, but the most popular are portabella. You can buy them small and eat them raw as a salad topping or buy larger mushrooms and cook them to make a healthier burger.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are popular in many fall dishes, coming in season starting in October. These are often labeled as yams, but they’re an entirely different plant. Sweet potatoes are sweet tasting and very nutritious.

Many dishes that include them on the Thanksgiving dinner table have added sugar. Next time you cook a sweet potato dish, you should leave out of limit the sugar as you’ll find the subtle sweetness of the roots themselves is much more enjoyable.

Pear

These fruits are a great source of vitamins and fiber that are available throughout the fall and into the winter season. Pears are well known for their nutrition and, like apples, they are great when baked by themselves. The less sweet varieties of pears make excellent additions as salad toppings. For an extra nutritious salad, they pair well with nuts, such as pecans, which are also in season during the fall.

The above are just some of the healthiest foods that are produced during the fall season. These foods can be used in a variety of ways and combinations that are sure to satisfy your cravings. However you decide to use them, try to consider some of the healthier options that won’t have a negative effect on your teeth.

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