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5 foods you should eat this fall

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Roast some pumpkin seeds and keep them on hand as a fall snack

A pear is one of the highest-fiber fruits with about six grams

Instead of mashed potatoes, mash cauliflower for a healthy side dish

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.

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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.

Keri Gans
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Keri Gans

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

Here are five foods that you should eat this season:

1. Pumpkin – Thanksgiving and pumpkin pie are traditionally associated with this fruit, but there are other ways to incorporate pumpkin into your daily life.

The meat of the pumpkin is worth having more than one day a year thanks to its high percentage of vitamin A, carotenoids and fiber. But pumpkin seeds shouldn’t be overlooked either. The seeds, a great snack, are concentrated sources of vitamins, fiber, minerals and antioxidants. They also contain an amino acid proven to boost your mood.

Simply roast up some pumpkin seeds and keep them on hand as your go-to fall snack.

2. Brussels sprouts – Brussels sprouts have seen a recent rise in popularity, and that’s a good thing as their buds are exceptionally rich in protein, dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.