While the term "superfood" doesn't have an exact definition, Maples says dietitians would say it means nutrient-packed—and lots of fall produce fits that description.

This fall fruit staple gets a good rep for a reason: it contains copious amounts of fiber, the nutrient that keeps you full and helps with healthy digestion.

"For starters, pears are an excellent source of fiber; just one contains one-quarter of our daily fiber needs," says Maples.

A good source of vitamin A and iron, sweet potatoes also fight inflammation that can lead to chronic disease.

Of course, you'll see pumpkin everything come fall, but make sure you're getting the real thing—pumpkin spice products not included.

"Carrot's cousin, only white and a little sweeter," says Maples. In just one serving of this crunchy root veggie, you get four grams of fiber, plus vitamin C and copper.

We're talking about the entire veggie, from the root (roast it) to the green leaves (sauté them). The nitrates that naturally occur in beets can lower blood pressure and help you recover from a workout so you can sweat it out again the next day

This juicy fruit is high in polyphenols that protect cells from free radicals, while also offering folate and vitamin C.

Packed with lots of fiber and few calories, make this your pick when you want to shed pounds. In one cup of florets, you get 100% of your vitamin C for the day too, as well as vitamins A and B6, and potassium

"Brussels sprouts are proud members of the cabbage family. They are rich in antioxidants that help fight cancer and they provide fiber and a wealth of vitamins including vitamin C to help boost immunity

Cut back on the sugar added to dried cranberries by going for the fresh version (in season in the fall), and adding them to your salads or oatmeal.

"These days with so many people looking to cut carbs, spaghetti squash is a perfect choice for providing that pasta-like feel with fewer carbs and lots of nutrients