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Are You Eating These 7 Fall Superfoods?

The Huffington Post   Catherine Pearson   First Posted: 10/17/11 09:26 AM ET   Updated: 10/18/11 12:12 PM ET

Though fall is in many ways the unofficial season of gluttony (we're looking at you, Halloween and Thanksgiving), it's also a great time of year for healthy eats. The ground is flush with nutrient-rich root veggies and the trees are full of the crisp, quintessentially-autumn fruit that's number three on our list, they're practically doubling over.

Maybe best of all, with the sticky summer months behind us, there's something that just feels right about cooking again -- throwing on a cozy sweater and whipping up a meal with some of the healthy ingredients autumn has to offer.

For 7 of our fall superfood picks, read on.

Pumpkin
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Why we love it:
In addition to being just oh-so autumnal, pumpkins are a great source of fiber and vitamin A, which according to the Harvard School of Public Health, stimulates white blood cell activity and regulates cell growth and division.

How to prepare:
Judy Caplan, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, suggests roasting or sautéing pumpkin "meat" with a little bit of olive oil, salt and pepper. For a slightly sweeter treat, she suggests cooking the pumpkin with a bit of pure maple syrup.
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