Often this time of year, the one question that starts many conversations is: What’s in season? Whether it is sports-, fashion-, or business-related, most people want to know what’s on trend. At Barlean’s, what’s always on trend is a healthy lifestyle.
One way to support a healthy lifestyle is choosing nutritious foods with a high ORAC value. ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, which means the number is a measure of the ability of the antioxidants in the food to scavenge free radicals before they can do damage in our bodies. The higher the score, the higher the antioxidant level.
As the warm, sun-filled days of summer transition to the cool, windy days of fall, finding foods in season with high ORAC values can be a challenge. Here is a list of some colorful, delicious choices you can find at your local farmer’s market or natural grocery store right now:
One medium Fuji Apple - 5,178
One ounce of grated fresh ginger - 3,710
One medium Red Anjou Pear - 3,492
One medium sweet potato - 2,115
2 average size carrots - 1,394
¼ of a butternut squash - 1,346
½ cup of pumpkin - 825
There are so many delicious options to use with the fall harvest that taste amazing and provide the antioxidants you need. Plus, there are endless ways to incorporate them into your day. For example, swap out a regular white potato for a savory sweet potato and watch your ORAC numbers soar. Or, instead of a sugary pie for dessert, try some Red Anjou Pear slices with a splash of coconut whip cream and a dash of cinnamon and Barlean’s Forti-Flax. You’ll get a little bit of sweet plus a whole lot of crunch and antioxidants, but without the sugary blast.
Don’t just limit the fall trends to your wardrobe or your professional life. Choose what’s in season for your table, too, and you’ll be part of the best trend around – living a healthy life.