In every season, it’s best to eat the foods that are in season. Fall is no exception, and while plenty of people go pumpkin-crazy (especially in the form of lattes), there’s so much more to the autumn harvest.
Choosing the right seasonal fall foods helps you get nutrients your body needs, plus you’ll stay on track with healthy options that taste great and make you feel great. So, what could you stock up on this fall to enjoy your meals?
1. Winter Squash
Perhaps the best treat of fall is the spaghetti squash. The texture is so much like pasta you won’t believe it. Making it is simple, too. You slice it in half lengthwise, scoop out the seeds, drizzle with olive oil, and bake it until it’s just tender. It comes right out with a fork and serves as a healthier base for those soothing saucy creations of Italian origin. It’s also prime for roasting or making into soups.
2. Apples and Pears
Both apples and pears have fiber and loads of vitamins. They taste sweet and juicy and have low calories. For snacks or even for baking in the oven, they create a healthy dessert alternative that creates all the cozy flavors you love about this season.
Is there anything cauliflower can’t do? You can mash it like potatoes, turn it into pizza crust or breadsticks, make it into rice, and so much more. You won’t miss your high-carb foods when you replace them with nourishing and cruciferous cauliflower this fall! Check out my recipe for Maple Sriracha Cauliflower Bites.
With plenty of fiber, figs deserve a spot on your table. You can get them any time of year, but they are at their best in the fall. They go beautifully with high-quality cheese, or vegan cashew cheese, in salads, or even in your own homemade trail mix for the perfect snack.
5. Sweet Potatoes
Yes, sweet potatoes are always around, but they are considered a fall seasonal vegetable. With good carbs your body needs, they are a great side or even perfect for a light main meal with the right toppings. Make them into soup, roast them up, or mash them. Check out my recipe for stuffed sweet potatoes.
Technically it’s a spice, but hey, what would seasonal fall foods be without any flavor? Cinnamon is terrific on roasted veggies, especially those sweet potatoes. Even better, it’s useful for keeping blood sugar regulated. Because of its naturally sweet taste, you won’t need to add any sugar. Create a sweet-tasting smoothie with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top, or add it to your coffee for a warm, soothing, and healthy flavor sensation.
When you make healthy seasonal choices this fall, you’ll sustain your health and immunity into the winter months when your body needs it most.
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