We are officially into Fall with Winter approaching before we know it! Fall and Winter bring cooler temperatures and often, we naturally crave more comforting, warm foods. Fall and Winter typically mean more time inside + more time spent within ourselves. With this post, I hope to provide you with some insight on what foods may be staples in your kitchen and how these might benefit you!
Benefits of Seasonal Eating
When you choose to eat foods that are in season there are many great benefits. Foods in their prime time season taste better, tend to be cheaper, more environmental friendly and contain the most nutrients for that food. One of my recommendations to clients is to eat a variety of foods. One of the easiest ways to ensure variety when it comes to the produce you eat is to eat with the seasons. This ensures that you are eating different foods quarterly which provides you with an array of benefits. Each different color plant food provides you with different antioxidants (plant compounds). Antioxidants may help prevent different types of cancers, boost immune system, protect cells, decrease risk of chronic disease, improve memory, etc. With that being said, every color of plant foods brings its own benefits. This is why diversity with food is an important component of a balanced diet. Otherwise, there are many health-boosting properties that you could be missing out on!
What foods are in season in the Fall?
Fall: Apples, bananas, beets, bell peppers, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, collard greens, cranberries, garlic, ginger, grapes, green beans, herbs, kale, kiwifruit, lemons, lettuce, limes, mangos, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, pears, peas, pineapples, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, raspberries, rutabagas, spinach, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, turnips, winter squash
Winter: apples, avocados, bananas, beets, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, collard greens, grapefruit, herbs, kale, kiwifruit, leeks, lemons, limes, onions, oranges, parsnips, pears, pineapples, potatoes, pumpkin, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, swiss chard, turnips, winter squash
DIY Soup Toolbox Steps:
The best season is soup season. It is a wonderful go-to comfort meal. The best part? No recipes necessary… I hope this DIY soup toolbox will bring less stress to your kitchen and more warmth!
Soups are a recipe that you can always keep ingredients on hand for. Try to keep your kitchen stocked with broths, canned tomatoes, canned beans, grains, potatoes, onions and a jar of garlic. There are no rules with soup. Have fun and be creative with your cooking!
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