Eating local produce that is in season is not only good for the environment; it is also good for you. By choosing to purchase fruits and vegetables that are in season you get fresh produce that is at its peak and have a better taste. In addition, products in season are usually cheaper. October brings us apples, cranberries, grapes, pumpkins, winter squashes, and sweet potatoes.

Sweet Potatoes are a great alternative to regular potatoes. They are rich in vitamins A and C, manganese, and phytochemicals. They are also a good source of fiber and potassium. Despite their sweet taste, sweet potatoes are low in calories. Plus, sweet potatoes have a low glycemic index, meaning that they won’t cause a spike in blood sugar.

Furthermore, sweet potatoes are incredibly versatile. When baked, fried, sautéed, or pureed they make great side dishes. Or you can add them to soups, cake batters, even smoothies. All you need is creativity. A quick way to enjoy this delicious veggie is to wrap it in plastic film and microwave it in high for 5 minutes. Scoop it out of the skin and mash it with the juice of one orange and a dash of cinnamon.

Carla Torres is an AIF Master Trainer based in Rhodes, NSW. Her mission is to promote exercise, proper nutrition and healthy habits as a way to empower individuals to make decisions leading to better quality of life.