We love Fall. This is the time when the apples and the leaves begin to fall off of the trees, and colder weather brings all the coziness.
The city is hidden beneath a canopy of fiery colors and colder weather makes us reaching for soft wool sweaters and warming foods. This is the season of harvest with the rainbow of nutritious fruits and vegetables our bodies need as we adjust to the changing temperatures. We know that eating seasonally is a way to nourish and connect in with the fluid cycles of the earth and our evolving health needs. Seasonal food offers our body not only the right nutrients when it needs them, but also perfect flavour and texture. In October, you should stock up on: Apples, Blackberries, Beets, Broccoli, Kale, Cabbage, Shallots, Marrow, Leeks, Cauliflower, Turnips, Squash.
This week, we made our way to Daylesford Organic Farm in Kingham, Gloucestershire, a beautiful estate with over 35 years organic farming experience. Daylesford is all about fresh, seasonal and delicious food. Vegetables, fruit and herbs are picked each morning from the market garden and travel just a few yards into the shop. That would be no better place to get our fresh produce that is just in season and enter the fall with the best intentions: cooking from scratch, juicing, eating more vegetables. See our top favorites and why they are so good for us…
As the saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away! And it’s true – apples are packed with vitamins and fiber. The soluble fiber in apples binds with fats in the intestine to lower cholesterol and also keeps your blood sugar stable. They also are a good source of immune-boosting vitamin C. Try them in your juices and smoothies or dip the slices in coconut sugar.
2. WINTER SQUASH
The term winter squash encompasses a wide variety of gourds from pumpkins to butternut squash. These versatile vegetables are more than just a Halloween decoration –they’re packed with plant-based anti-inflammatory nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids and beta-carotene, which are important for a strong immune system to help protect against colds and flu. This makes them superfoods for the skin, too! Cook this velvety rich Squash Soup from Sakara Life or scoop the seeds out and roast them lightly for a tasty healthy snack!
Blackberries get their brilliant color from powerful anthocyanins, which are responsible for healthy memory function, anti-aging and reducing the risk of certain types of cancer. They also contain half your daily allotment of vitamin C, which combats heart disease, strengthens the immune system and keeps your skin bright and healthy. But the greatest benefit of adding blackberries to your diet? They are rich in phenolic acids – antioxidant compounds notorious for their powerful anti-carcinogenic effects. Blackberries are a delicious way to power up juices and smoothies!