Branson's Must-Try Fall Foods
As autumn is a harvest season, it is a time for us to enjoy fall food and gather energy for the colder months ahead. As there are now plenty of supply of produce in the market during this season, you can easily prepare a tasty food this fall season. When you are dining in Branson with the whole family, be sure to have some of these must-try fall foods on your table that include eggplant, butternut squash, cranberries, and mushrooms.
Eggplant is most often described in a way: “That eggplant parm was to die for.” Let’s break up with traditional eggplant parm and try a new healthy way. Eggplants have chlorogenic acid that are anti-cancer, anti-viral and cholesterol-lower properties.
Just don’t soak or fry eggplants in oil or load with cheese, it can do more harm than good. But when eaten in a healthier way, they can be a dieter’s BFF by racking up only 20 calories per cup. To make your eggplant tasty and delicious – slice it into thin slices along the long edge. Sprinkle with salt, let stand for 10 minutes, and wrap with a paper towel to remove excess water. Drizzle with olive oil and roast at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes, flipping halfway through, and then let cool.
Butternut squash is a fall staple that doesn’t just look good next to the other gourds on your table, it’s got some nutritional benefits. The orange flesh is loaded with beta-carotene (300 percent of your daily value in one cup), which is a precursor to vitamin A, a vital component for the support of healthy skin, eyes and bones.
It has a source of immune-boosting vitamin C and loaded with dietary fiber for gut health. To make this fall food, add pureed butternut squash to tomato soup or pancakes or toss it into your morning smoothie. It can be great in a wild rice or farro side dish for a pop of color.
Stringing cranberries and popcorn is a fun fall food and eating them is even more fun. Anthocyanins, the compounds responsible for that deep-red, fall color are responsible for acting as antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents. Cranberries can improve bladder-health, defend against breast, color, lung and prostate cancer and even fill you up with some fiber.
Mushroom is one of the must-try fall foods when dining in Branson. Although this umbrella-shaped fungus has many varieties, the most common is the one grown in the United States called agaricus, which has a white cap and brown gills.
Mushrooms are good filling in salads and sandwiches, and they are especially flavourful sautéed as an accent or side dish to any meal. It’s recommended to choose clean, well-shaped mushrooms that do not have their gills showing. Mushrooms are very low in calories (20 calories per cup of sliced or diced raw mushrooms) and high in potassium and niacin.
So, when you are visiting Branson this fall season, don’t miss these must-try fall foods when you are dining in Branson as they have good health benefits.