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Orange vegetables in season now
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By Melissa Bess
My name is Melissa Bess. I am a Nutrition and Health Education Specialist with University of Missouri Extension. This health and wellness blog started as a way to help improve MU Extension faculty and staff wellness but has grown to a much larger ...
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My name is Melissa Bess. I am a Nutrition and Health Education Specialist with University of Missouri Extension. This health and wellness blog started as a way to help improve MU Extension faculty and staff wellness but has grown to a much larger audience. Follow me, share with others, bookmark this page, leave comments, and enjoy.
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Orange vegetables get their color from beta carotene, which is a form of vitamin A. Vitamin A is needed for healthy vision, prevention of night blindness, and may play a role in prevention of macular degeneration. It is also useful in reducing risk for heart disase and some types of cancers due to the antioxidant activities in vitamin A.

The orange vegetables in season right now are carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes.

In addition to vitamin A, carrots also have potassium, which is helpful in lowering blood pressure; vitamin K, which helps with blood clotting, blood cells, and bones; and fiber, which keeps us regular and controls cholesterol levels.

Pumpkin has the same nutrients as carrots, plus magnesium, which help with bone health. Sweet potatoes also have similar nutrients.

Here are a few recipes that use seasonal orange veggies:

Try one of these recipes with your family this week.

You can also find many more recipes on the MissouriFamilies Fox 4 Healthy Habits recipes page.

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