October 24th, 2013
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Editor's note: Keri Gans is a registered dietitian/nutritionist, media personality, author of "The Small Change Diet" and spokeswoman for Aetna's "What's Your Healthy?" campaign.

Your mom probably never gave you better advice than when she said, "Eat your fruits and veggies."

But eating healthy may seem harder come fall, when favorite produce options dwindle and less familiar ones appear.

Never fear. Now that warm months are gone - and with them the berries, corn and other produce we find easier to incorporate into our diets - a new menu of foods is available to keep you healthy and happy.

Foods in season during fall may appear less appealing - especially if you aren't sure how to prepare them, or are feeding a family of less adventurous eaters. But in addition to the nutritional benefits of foods such as Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes, you'll find another positive: the exponential number of tasty ways in which they can be prepared.

Take advantage of the opportunity and think outside the box in your fall food preparation.

Read - Here are five foods that you should eat this season


Now's the time to heap your plate full of beets, broccoli, apples, chestnuts, kale, potatoes, pumpkin, winter squash, cabbage, citrus and artichokes while they're in peak season. Why? It's just more delicious that way.

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  1. Jess

    very informative! thanks for sharing!

    October 28, 2013 at 11:14 pm |
  2. Alicia

    How dare you?! I am allergic to nightshade vegetables and i can't eat red and oranges have too much acid and I am on a no sugar diet!! Will somebody for once post something for me to eat(one thousand ways to cook with rice cakes)?

    October 28, 2013 at 6:32 pm |
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