As we change season, we change the way we eat. For me personally, this is something I enjoy very much since it makes (plant based) cooking so much more fun and versatile. Also, our bodies live according to the seasons, making it therefore healthy and nourishing to eat what nature offers. But what are healthy fall foods?
If you enter a supermarket these days all food seems to be available all year round. If you’re too much confused about what to eat, this article will help you out. Of course it is best to eat as much local (and therefore seasonal) food, but if you’re not able to do so it’s good to know what is in season. I hope after reading this article, you will walk through your local market, and will know what are the healthiest fall foods to ge creative with!
Healthy Fall Foods
Plenty of root vegetables are available during fall. A few examples are parsnip, kohlrabi, turnips, ginger, rutabagas, carrots and beets. Incorporating mineral-rich root veggies during the colder days, will help you stay healthy. This is especially the case if you can create the habit of making a juice or smoothie in the morning. A delicious carrot/beet or carrot/ginger juice for example will be such a boost for your health. Don’t forget that foods such as ginger and turmeric are also true medicinal roots.
I love cabbage the most when it’s full with probiotics, such is the case with gut-friendly sauerkraut. But also the crispy fresh version of cabbage will be great shredded for a slaw or lightly sautée in a stir fry. Cabbage is high in fiber and loaded with vitamin C and K.
Apples are such a good fall food to keep away viruses. It is also a very easy on the go snack. Apples are full with fiber and pectin to keep you energetic, and healthy. Have you tried my Apple Chia Seed Pudding? One tip, just make sure you always buy organic apples!
Not only very pretty, but also held sacred in many cultures, pomegranate. They are rich in antioxidants, and are naturally anti-inflammatory. I love to sprinkle pomegranate over a salad.
You love them or you hate them, brussels sprouts. If you are one of the haters, there are luckily plenty of recipes that will make you like these super healthy sprouts. Simple some olive oil and a bit of roasting in the oven (for about 20 minutes) will make them quite delicious for a sprout hater. Just as cauliflower or broccoli, it is a cruciferous vegetable that is very good to detoxify the body (liver). Brussels sprouts are furthermore rich in vitamin C, fiber, protein, iron, and potassium.
A beautiful fall food, that is surprisingly also very nice in a smoothie. They are rich in fiber, antioxidants, and minerals. They are the best when they are fully ripened though, otherwise the taste is not as sweet as they should be.
Squash is low in calories, but rich in fibers and very filling. Most squashes are easy to peel and roast or steam for a meal or snack.
Sweet potatoes are also a root vegetable and one of my favorites during fall. They are full with fibers and rich in nutrients and antioxidants that give you that super healthy glow. This recipe is an old one I still enjoy when I’m in a rush, however if you prefer a bowl with more variety you will enjoy this recipe.
Cauliflower is again one of my favorites because it’s (again) very versatile. My creamy cauliflower is something I prepare quite often during colder days.
It is always a sad day for me when I’m told it is the end of kale season. I get so used to including kale in my routine, that it is difficult not to be able to add it to my smoothie anymore. This nutrient-dense leafy green deserves all the attention it gets. In the winter my Parsley Power Smoothie is an absolute must.
Of course there are much more fall produce you can choose from! Here a few I might have missed out on.
- Bok Choy
- Collard Greens
- Green Beans
- Onions (red, yellow)
- Peas (snap, snow)
What are your favorite fall foods?
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