I absolutely love the changing of the seasons, especially when Summer turns to Fall. It’s such a magical time. Energetically, mentally, and physically our environment changes. With that, the foods that are available to us in the markets change. One of my favorite tools I learned in my holistic health training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, is to eat with the seasons. I’ve been loving what this Fall season has been bringing me in my local market and would love to share with you my favorite fall foods.
- Pomegranate. Maybe my favorite food of them all right now. I seriously can’t stop eating pomegranate. Pomegranate seeds and juice are a great source of antioxidants and nutrients and are super delicious. Though the seeds can be a little difficult to get to, trust me, it’s worth it! You can eat the seeds plain or throw them into salad or your favorite side dish and enjoy!
- Butternut Squash. For me, fall and butternut squash go hand in hand. My favorite way to enjoy this seasonal delight is in a warming butternut squash soup, but there are of course, many ways to prepare it. Butternut squash, like pomegranate, is high in antioxidants, dietary fiber, and nutrients to help keep your heart healthy.
- Apples. An apple a day really can keep the doctor a day, especially when eaten seasonally and organically grown. Apples contain lots of Vitamin C, dietary fiber, and antioxidants that can help boost your immune system and even help with weight maintenance. Slice up an apple and sprinkle some cinnamon on top for a perfect fall snack.
- Cauliflower. I love cauliflower year round, but it’s especially wonderful right now. Cauliflower is a great source of vitamin C and can be prepared in so many amazing ways. I love creating cauliflower mash; steam your cauliflower, blend in food processor or with a mixer, add seasoning, and you have a guilt-free, delicious dish.
- Pumpkin. This is the season for pumpkin-spice everything. Pumpkins are a great source of potassium and B vitamins. Use pumpkin in your pies, soups, pastries, or simply toast the seeds for a yummy, healthy snack.
What are your favorite seasonal foods and recipes? Let me know!