Hey everyone! Fall is upon us, and I wanted to have today’s post to focus on some delicious fall foods you can work into your diet this season.
Now, before I get all PSL-season on you, take a moment to consider what foods are in season this fall. This isn’t just a list of fruits and vegetables, but also spices and other ingredients you might be drawn to in the colder months:
- Sweet potatoes
- Squashes (all varieties)
- White potatoes
- Brussel sprouts
- Honey (raw if possible)
- Dried orange peel
- Dried fruits like dates, figs, etc.
What does this say about fall foods?
You’re probably wondering where all the leafy greens are, right? Not to worry. This isn’t to say you can’t or shouldn’t eat your salad and other greens. Rather, with the colder months approaching, sometimes we want something heartier that warms our bodies from the inside out. And that’s where fall foods come to play.
Typical fall foods like carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes provide loads of vitamin A and fiber. Veggies like brussel sprouts, broccoli, and cauliflower provide antioxidants that can help prevent premature aging and other ailments like heart disease and cancer.
Ready to work all these scrumptious foods into meals, drinks, and snacks these season? Try any of these recipes and simple tweaks on classic favorites to instantly make a food or beverage fall-themed!
- Add pumpkin to your morning green smoothie.
- Bake spaghetti squash in a gratin like this one.
- Use nuts and butternut squash to make a Paleo Slowcooker Oatmeal
- Make your own homemade cranberry sauce
- Try a nourishing fresh carrot, apple, and ginger juice to boost energy and promote detoxification.
- Make mashed potatoes with sweet potatoes, coconut oil, and cinnamon instead of white potatoes.
- Roast root vegetables like different squashes, carrots, and turnips with garlic, sea salt, and pepper.
- Use up leftover apples from the orchard to make a homemade applesauce.
- Make a spread for toast, oatmeal, and other morning treats using figs and dates.
- Sautee chicken in sesame oil with garlic, ginger, and tamari for an Asian-inspired dinner.
- Make my special broccoli cheese soup to soothe your soul on the chilliest autumn days.
- Mix shaved brussel sprouts, roasted butternut squash, and quinoa for a warm autumn salad.
- Spruce up my green tea hot toddy recipe by adding a splash of hot apple cider.
- Try this Paleo pumpkin pie for dessert one night!
- On nights when you’re feeling fancy and decadent, make pumpkin risotto.
- Roast pears with blue cheese, cranberries, and walnuts for a new take on your salad at lunch.
- Add cloves, ginger, orange peel, and other aromatic fall spices to a cup of black tea for added flavor and boosted immunity.
Remember that there are a ton of different fall foods out there! As much as we all love pumpkin flavored everything, it’s good to try new recipes and foods to get a variety of bright and colorful fall fruits and vegetables into your diet.
What are some of your favorite fall recipes and foods? Comment below and let me know 🙂