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THE AUTUMNAL EQUINOX… WELCOMING FALL

January 2, 2014

 

Fall Fruit

Today is the first official day of fall (although it certainly does not feel that way)! Yay!!

With the change of season comes the change of weather… and with that the change in seasonal foods and possibly a shift in your lifestyle.
Aside from fall fashion, and my love for tights and booties, the food is another reason I get excited about fall!  There are tons of fresh produce and yummy recipes that are perfect, and recommended, to eat in the fall.  It’s good to transition your food to what is in season (and local if possible:)).  Some yummy food to stock up on include:

-Apples: loaded with vitamin C and dietary fiber.  Additionally, Ayurveda says that apples are a great way to support blood sugar and cleanse from summer foods.  They’re great as a snack in between meals or added to a smoothie.

-Citrus fruits: such as grapefruit and clementines- both are great sources of vitamin C, fiber, and folate.  Great snack options to keep you going during your busy day.

-Pumpkins: full of vitamins and minerals, including iron, magnesium, niacin, potassium, and vitamins A and C- just to name a few. Delicious in soups, breads, baked goods, jams… just about anything- and there are a ton of yummy recipes out there!

-Sweet Potatoes: high in vitamin A, potassium, and fiber- and makes a great substitute to regular potatoes or other side dishes.  Try making mashed sweet potatoes or sweet potato fries- my fav!

-Pomegranates: loaded with fiber and vitamin C. Great to eat alone or added into a smoothie with other fruit, veggies, and tasty ingredients.

-Carrots: one cup contains a high amount of vitamins A, C, and B6.  They’re also loaded with potassium, thiamin, and fiber. Great as a snack with hummus or a nut butter.  Or switch it up and have carrot soup or make a carrot souffle (my mom made one for the holidays and it was delicious!).

– Cauliflower and Broccoli: both are cruciferous veggies and are high in vitamins A, C, and B6, along with potassium and fiber.  They are great to eat raw with hummus or other healthy dips or try them steamed with some spices to add good flavor.

-Cabbage: contains a high amount of potassium, fiber, thiamin, magnesium, and vitamins A and C.  Great to add to soups or salads (not reserved just for coleslaw) :).

-Squash: has a ton of vitamins A and C.  Delicious veggie option to throw into your salad or sauteed with other veggies and added to pasta or brown rice.

-Mushrooms: high in vitamin C, potassium, iron, and zinc, and make for a decent amount of protein for a veggie.  Toss into a salad, add to your morning omlette, or throw some into a veggie stir fry.

-Beets: loaded with fiber, iron, potassium, and vitamin C.  Add to a salad or roast with other veggies and salmon or other good source of protein.

These are just a few good options to help you transition from the light, refreshing foods of summer to some of fall’s best fruits and vegetables.
Happy fall 🙂

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