OCT 2023: 10 Autumnal Foods That Are Nutritious And Great For Your Health

As the weather gets colder throughout the Autumn, it also ushers in some delicious seasonal foods. For seniors - these autumn favourites are a source of essential nutrients to support health and well-being - and are extremely tasty.

From pumpkins, nuts and sprouts, there’s a shedload of delicious and nutritious foods that fit right into the Autumnal season.

We have rounded up ten nutritious and tasty seasonal foods for the elderly that are in season during the autumn months.

  1. Pumpkin

    Synonymous with Halloween, pumpkins can be more than just a decoration.

    Rich in vitamins and fibre, pumpkin is easy to digest and can be used in various dishes, from soups to roasted pumpkin slices.

  2. Sweet Potatoes 

    Packed with fibre and vitamins, sweet potatoes are a delicious source of energy and work well with dishes filled with protein, such as chicken and meats.

    They can be mashed, roasted, or turned into soups.

  3. Apples

    Apples are high in fibre and antioxidants.

    They make a convenient, portable snack or can be added to oatmeal or salads.

  4. Pears 

    Pears share similar nutrients with apples, but some people ‘pear-sonally’ prefer them.

    Pears are rich in fibre and can be eaten fresh or baked into desserts.

  5. Brussel Sprouts 

    Whilst these are usually associated with being the controversial addition to Christmas Dinners, they can be eaten all year round.

    High in vitamins and fibre, these can be roasted or steamed as a tasty side dish.

  6. Cauliflower

    A versatile vegetable, cauliflower can be mashed as a potato substitute or roasted for a unique flavour.

    They’re also full of nutrients.

  7. Herbal Teas 

    Opt for caffeine-free herbal teas like chamomile or cinnamon-spiced teas for warmth and relaxation.

  8. Nuts

    A small handful of unsalted nuts like almonds or walnuts can provide healthy fats and protein.

  9. Lean Proteins

    Incorporate lean proteins like turkey, chicken, or tofu into meals for muscle maintenance.

  10. Cinnamon 

This spice not only adds flavour but may help regulate blood sugar levels. Sprinkle it on various dishes, savoury or sweet.