9. Winter squash
This hearty fruit is low in fat and full of dietary fiber, which keeps you fuller longer; it’s also packed with carotenoids, which helps prevent heart disease, and yields nearly half of your daily dose of vitamin C per one-cup serving. And this season offers a wide range of hearty gourds and squashes perfect for roasting, mashing, and pureeing. “Choose squash that remains firm when pressed, contains an intact stem, and feels heavy for its size,” Romano says. Winter squash can be stored in a cool, dark place for several weeks if kept whole; you’ll have to keep them refrigerated for a few days if you cut them.
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