I know I’m going to sound like a broken record, but this time of year is defiantly my favorite and if I wasn’t on bed rest, I could finally enjoy the beautiful weather outside and go on my long walks and hikes but since I am inside (at least for now) I thought why not share about the benefits of eating with the seasons and what this season has to offer us.
Did you know that eating seasonally helps with our immunity and microbiome in our gut. They have done studies of people that eat with the season and found that they have a healthier microbiome in their gut because of the way our bodies change with the seasons making our nutritional needs to change.
Like in the summer we tend to go for things that hydrate or cool us down but as the temperature drop (even in places like Phoenix) we tend to go more for things that warm or comfort us or are a little heartier.
I find it so interesting that the dark leafy greens, onions, parsnips, pumpkin and squash that we harvest this time of year are perfect for warming us and giving us a little heartier meal.
Here is a list of some of the wonderful foods we can eat during this season of fall.
Apples, as a snack by itself or add things like cheese, PeanutButter. You may want to bake with them, like muffins, pancakes or even try them baked if you want a little warm easy desert. Just remove the core then filling with brown sugar, cinnamon, butter and oatmeal making a crumble. Place cored apples in baking pan, fill with crumble pour boiling water in baking pan cover and bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.
“Winter” Squash, can be roasted, steamed, used in soups, breads, pasta, casseroles and even of course deserts, plus their seeds can be roasted for a healthy snack.
To finish off the list,
Beets, Broccoli, Carrots, Collard Greens, Cranberries,
Dates, Figs, Garlic, Kale, Mushrooms, Parsnips, Pears, Persimmons,
Spinach, Swiss Chard, Turnips and last but not least Pumpkins.
You can see that there is such a wide variety of wonderful things we can eat in this season.