Eating foods when they are in season means that you will be getting the most nutrients, flavour, and they will be the most affordable. Added bonus – we will be getting the nutrients we need and crave based on our natural connection to the earth. That all sounds pretty good to me!
This is the time to start canning, pickling, fermenting, freezing, and drying all the fresh produce so we can feed ourselves and our loved ones healthy food directly from the earth even when there is nothing growing. There are some great resources out there for preserving, but right now the love of my life is The Art of Fermentation by Sandor Katz!
I have given myself time this year to prepare so that my family can have healthy, whole foods throughout the winter. Here are some things to try:
The easiest and most sustaining way to change is to add things into your life gradually, and when you have created a habit and the change is no longer new, move on to the next point on your list. Our whole lives are about constant change, so to take things slow is okay.
The Fall Diet
Spaghetti squash, when cooked, comes out looking just like its namesake. It is great with a homemade tomato sauce with lots of added vegetables. Squash usually has a sweet flavor but doesn’t contain high amounts of natural sugars, so your sugar levels will not spike. This means that moods remain stable and energy is high throughout the day. They are a great option if you have a sweet tooth.
They can be added to any soup and will give it such a beautiful colour. Carrots can be softened and then added to a food processor with your fave flavours and blended to make a dip, sauce, or dressing. They can even be pickled to last even longer. Raw or cooked, this is a favourite vegetable around most houses.
Look for all the different colours and shapes carrots can come in. There are so many different types of each vegetable out in the world. There are farmers that grow different variations of our most common vegetables, and it is important to look for these and try them because they all offer something a little different.
They can be steamed and added to any dish or added to a stirfry to bulk it up. Kale is also really great when massaged – no joke! Rip kale into bite size pieces and add to a bowl. Drizzle some oil on top (flax oil is great for this because it cannot be heated), sprinkle some salt on and then start massaging. It shouldn’t take long for you to notice the leaves starting to soften and the colour getting richer. This is a great bed for your main meal.
Beets contain vitamin C, potassium, manganese, and the B vitamin folate. Folate is necessary for women who are planning to get and those who are pregnant. Beets are also great for detoxification and the circulatory system.
To eat beets, you can steam or roast them. Raw is another option. If eating them raw, I do prefer them grated so the pieces are easy to chew. This adds a beautiful colour and sweet, earthy flavour to salads.
They are very high in vitamin K, which among other things, is needed for blood clotting and they also contain vitamin C, a wonderful antioxidant always needed to lessen free radical damage.
Brussels sprouts can be eaten raw or cooked. To eat raw, cut into very narrow slices and add to salads or sprinkle on top of a main for added crunch and flavour.
My favourite way to cook these is to roast them. Cut off the little stem and then cut in half, throw in a bowl, add avocado or coconut oil and a pinch of salt, put them on a baking sheet, and roast until they are your desired texture.
This is a great time of year to pick up that one thing you have always wanted to try and just give it a go.
Variety Is The Spice Of Life
Trying a new vegetable each week is a great way to start adding variety into the diet. Herbs and spices are also a great way to add in different vitamins and minerals quickly and easily.
As you start to add in new whole foods, you may begin to notice that you naturally stop eating the processed foods that contain less nutrients and very little fiber.