From Halloween to Thanksgiving, autumn arrives with many opportunities to overdo it. Fortunately, fall also brings a harvest of delicious fruits and veggies. Hit the produce aisle and farmers market stat to pick up these seasonal options.

Apples

Bob for these beauties and you’ll come up with a heaping helping of fiber. You’ll feel fuller on fewer calories, helping you control your weight. Plus, fiber fights cholesterol and lowers your heart-disease risk.

Try this: Add sliced apples to salads or tortilla wraps; dice them into a homemade turkey meatloaf; stuff a whole apple with raisins, cinnamon, and oats and bake for a breakfast or dessert treat.

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Brussels Sprouts

Low in calories and high in vitamin C, fiber, and folate, Brussels sprouts also contain antioxidants that protect your cells.

Try this: Roast at a high heat; steam with lemons, mustard, and walnut oil.

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Cauliflower

Each spoonful serves up plenty of vitamins, minerals, and plant-based compounds called phytochemicals, which help keep arteries clear.

Try this: Steam, then puree with plain Greek yogurt, garlic, and a bit of Parmesan; roast with olive oil and garlic; eat raw with your favorite low-fat dressing.

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Grapes

These fruits and their juices may contain the very same antioxidants that give red wine its heart-healthy benefits.

Try this: Roast and combine with thyme, mustard, and cooking wine as a sauce for lean meats.

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Sweet Potatoes

Rich in fiber, these bright tubers count as a great source of vitamin A (great for skin, eyes and your immune system) and potassium (great for a normal blood pressure).

Try this: Dice and stir into hearty soups, stews, and chili.

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