Odessa, TEXAS (Big 2/Fox 24) – Fall is the prime time to enjoy seasonal produce like pumpkins, brussel sprouts, butternut squash, and apples. For this week’s segment of WesTex Wednesday, Doctor Terry Beck explains the benefits of eating in-season fruits and vegetables.
” There’s lot of good seasonal vegetables around right now. By all means, I think that it’s a great opportunity to enjoy those. They’re healthy, and they’re just overall good for our body-nutritionally,” says WesTex Urgent Care’s Dr. Terry Beck.
When you cook or plan out your meals, it can be easy to get into the routine of making the same kinds of dishes you always make. The doctor recommends trying to incorporate seasonal veggies not just to be healthy, but to keep your meals interesting.
” If you keep it exciting and change things up, then it doesn’t get boring, and kind of ho-hum, where you’re like, ‘Oh okay we’re going to have corn again. ‘ So anyway yeah, there’s all kinds of ways you can change it up and make it exciting, colorful and bright and tasty, too,” says Dr. Beck.
The doctor says fruits and vegetables tend to be lower in calories and higher in fiber than other snacks. If you don’t enjoy those healthy foods or cannot eat them, Dr. Beck suggests a different way to get the nutrients you need.
“Anytime you can get a fruit…a nutrient from a fruit or a vegetable in its natural form, it’s going to be better overall. Now if you’re not able to..if you’re not a big vegetable eater, say…or you’re not getting those vegetables that have those good nutrients and vitamins, then the next best thing is in a pill form,” says Dr. Beck.
You can always check with your doctor to make sure you’re getting the right vitamins and minerals you need, or give Dr. Beck a call at WesTex Urgent Care.