We live in a world where we can purchase almost any fruit or vegetable at any time of year because they can be shipped from all over the world.
While this is convenient, it isn’t necessarily a good thing. We are meant to eat foods that are in season.
Eating in season helps to regulate our internal rhythm, connects us to nature, and nourishes us on many levels. Eating in season is also very budget-friendly. Have you ever noticed the difference in the price of a pint of strawberries in June versus in December???
When we eat foods that are in season, we are getting more nutrients. Take an apple that has been grown locally to you when it’s in season versus one that has to travel thousands of miles to reach you.
The apple grown closer to where you live is going to provide you with more nutrition.
Fall is my favorite time of year for many reasons and one of those is the foods that are in season.
Fall foods are not only delicious they are also incredibly calming and grounding…probably why I gravitate to them so much!
Pay attention to the local produce at the grocery store and aim to add these 8 Grounding & Nourishing Foods for Fall in your diet:
Acorn Squash & Butternut Squash
Unlike summer squash, winter squash has a fine texture and a sweeter flavor. They are denser and can be stored for months. These squash contain omega 3 fatty acids and are an excellent source of vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that we need more of as we get less daylight. They are high in fiber and help to balance blood glucose levels. Any winter squash tastes good sprinkled with salt, coconut oil, and cinnamon. Roast at 375-400 for 40-45 minutes.
This fall veggie looks like a white carrot. It can be a great substitute for white potatoes and can be made into french fries, mock mashed potatoes, or added to soups. They are rich in potassium and a great source of fiber.
These little gems are packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. Potassium keeps your heart healthy and can help lower blood pressure. Add these seeds to any fall salad, and definitely try this Massaged Kale Salad!
I am here for ALL things pumpkin! They are full of nutrients giving you more than 20% of your daily recommendation for fiber and a great source of B vitamins. Add fresh or unsweetened canned pumpkin to soups, pies, cakes, waffles, pancakes, or pudding. CLICK HERE for my favorite healthier pumpkin recipes.
Sweet Potatoes & Yams
These are more nutritionally dense than their white potato counterparts. I prefer the white jersey sweet potatoes to the orange yams. Roast them with salt and coconut oil for a delicious side dish.
This cruciferous vegetable contains beneficial sulfur compounds. Brussel sprouts often get a bad rap, yet where you prepare them properly they taste great! Roasted with bacon is our favorite way to make them. They provide a good source of iron, vitamin K, and folate.
This is the time of year to turn towards warming foods and spices like nuts & seeds, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, and mustard seeds. Nature doesn’t make mistakes. Our digestion slows in the winter which is why spices like ginger, pepper, paprika, and cinnamon are so helpful to keep our metabolism running smoothly. In addition, these spices assist us in the production of hydrochloric acid, which aids in the proper digestion of heavier foods.
Many animal foods also fall into the warming category. This includes fatty fish, chicken, turkey, beef, lamb, and eggs. Use meat as a condiment rather than the main part of your meal. Buy free-range and organic animal products that are both hormone and antibiotic-free. We really like Butcher Box – CLICK HERE for free ground beef for life + $30 OFF your first box.
As we transition seasons everything is moving in the direction of slowing down yet our culture tends to speed up with all of the obligations and extra “to-dos” especially at holiday time. It gets darker earlier, our bodies naturally need more rest, we need to eat heavier and relax more. Things take more time in the winter and nature confirms that. The longer a vegetable takes to grow, the more warming it is.
Food is nature’s medicine. As we experience fall, and winter starts to move in, embrace their gifts by slowing down and listening to your body. Ask it what kind of food it needs to stay in balance.
You will be amazed at what can happen when you incorporate these gentle shifts.
In Health & Happiness,