Seasonal Fruits and Veggies to Eat Right Now

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Raspberries: These jewel-like berries are packed with vitamin C, manganese and ellagic acid, a type of polyphenol antioxidant prominent in berries that's beneficial to

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Photo by: CN Digital Studio

Raspberries: These jewel-like berries are packed with vitamin C, manganese and ellagic acid, a type of polyphenol antioxidant prominent in berries that's beneficial to heart health and skin. Plus, as SELF has reported, black raspberries may protect against certain cancers, and they are a top source of waist-trimming and blood sugar-stabilizing fiber.

How to eat them: With dozens of varieties available, from red, yellow and golden to purple and black, raspberries are a fall staple. This is a great time to pick your own, which is a fun fall activity. These versatile berries can be enjoyed in so many recipes and applications: raw, dried or canned; in baked goods, smoothies, cocktails, dressings and sauces; or simply eaten plain for a healthy snack.

Try this: Update your PB&J! Using whole-grain bread, on one side, spread almond or cashew butter; on the other side, spread date paste (dates, pitted and blended with a bit of water for paste consistency) and add a handful of raspberries on one side. Sprinkle with cinnamon, put the top on, slice and enjoy.

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Tue, Sep 11, 2012 12:38 PM EDT

April Daniels Hussar, SELF magazine

While watermelon and cherries have had their day in the sun, autumn brings out a whole new batch of gorgeous, healthy and in-season produce.

According to Chad Sarno, Healthy Eating Research and Development Chef of Whole Foods Market, flavor is typically better when you are eating a fruit or vegetable that's in season. We asked Sarno to to recommend the freshest, tastiest produce available right now -- and tell us the best ways to serve it up. Here's what he had to say...

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