I will be completely honest, I am not the first to jump on the fall train.
I do love the summer, the fresh foods from the garden, the warmth, and long days.
However, I do have to say fall brings some incredible variety to the table!
As the weather starts to cool down, meals tend to start to warm up which I love.
I grew up in a family that loves to garden, and something my dad taught me is how to grow things with the fall in mind.
Whether that is freezing or canning your favorite fruits, or growing squashes that will last you through the fall season.
There is an endless variety of delicious and nutritious foods when it comes to the fall cooking season that will leave you craving this beautiful season.
Here are some of the favorites I have found over the years, from my table to yours.
Squash Like You’ve Never Tasted Before
I don’t think we give the squash family enough credit for all the incredible foods that it provides.
Zucchini, spaghetti squash, acorn squash, pumpkins, and all other squashes in between, these hearty plants thrive as fall approaches.
Some of the oldest cultivated crops on the earth, these nutrient-packed plants provide a multiplicity of health benefits.
Benefits of Squash
- Aid skin care
- Strengthen the immune system
- Build strong bones
- Promote heart health
- Reduce the symptoms of insomnia
- Help treat arthritis
- Help combat ulcers, parasites, and infections
- Reduce blood pressure
Incredible health benefits aside, these seasonal fruits are tasty!
My favorite way to eat acorn squash takes about three minutes of preparation and a few minutes in the oven.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- Half each acorn squash and scoop the seeds out
- Place face down on a baking sheet and bake for 30-45 min
- Take out and turn so the flesh is facing up and add 1 tbsp. butter and 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- Place back in the oven for another 30 min and you are good to go!
All you need is the acorn squash, a little bit of butter and brown sugar, and you have a delicious compliment to any fall meal!
This happens to be one of my all time favorites.
What I love about spaghetti squash is they can be grown throughout the summer and then saved before being cooked in a cool place for fall meals.
This magnificent squash really does live up to its name.
After being cooked you can cut it open and use a fork to carve out the flesh.
In doing this, the meat of the squash comes off in the form of spaghetti noodles ready to be seasoned in a variety of different ways.
I have prepared spaghetti squash many different ways and a few of my favorites can be found here.
Squash allow for a large amount of fresh variety that I tend to crave as the colder months start to roll around.
Easy to prepare, and packed full of nutrition, these are some tasty meals you don’t want to miss out on this fall!
Tasty Fall Treats Still Packed with Nutrition
As it cools down and you start to spend more times indoors it can be a natural inclination to increase food intake (especially sweets) while decreasing physical activity.
The time of year should not dictate our ability to continue reaching for our health and fitness goals.
Instead of loading up on sweets and processed treats during this season, try out some homemade desserts that you can see the ingredients going into.
This is where frozen fruit from the summer can come in extremely handy, as well as seasonal fruits such as pumpkins!
I challenge you to make one new dessert this fall that you have not tried before using a frozen or seasonal fruit! (Like these 7 awesome apple pie recipes!)
If you have a sweet tooth like me that seems to only be exacerbated by colder weather, fill that craving, but decide to do it purposefully rather than grabbing the first treat that comes your way.
My mouth is watering as I write this.
It is easy to compartmentalize in our minds good and bad foods and often desserts, unfortunately, fall under the bad.
While all foods can be extremely beneficial to us in the proper moderation, I get extremely excited when I find desserts that pack an incredible amount of nutrition into them as well as a divine taste, and oh baby does this dessert cover all the bases.
So break out your cinnamon, apples, brown sugar, oats, a bit of butter, and a couple other ingredients to put together this fall staple.
While this recipe originated from Martha Stewart, my family secret is to double the first step to make sure that all of the sweet nectar from the apples doesn’t overrun the crisp topping.
Falling for Fall
I love sharing tasty treats as well as super-healthy foods.
Just because a certain food contains higher sugar, fat, or carb content we don’t need to automatically shut these things down!
Fall is a beautiful time to branch out, try new things, and take better care of our overall nutrition.
This can be done by discovering a solid balance.
This fall, take a chance to step away from harsh judgments of good and bad food and find ways to listen to your body to find how best to nourish yourself.
I hope these tasty hacks can help you along your journey!