Fall is here. You can feel it in the crisp cool breeze. You can see it in the leaves that have changed their color. You can hear it in the crunch underfoot of fallen leaves. You can smell it in the air. It’s all around us, but do you know where evidence of fall is most present? The market. Fall brings all sorts of goodies to the farmers markets and grocery stores. Though it is sad to see some of our favorite summer produce go out of season, the fall harvest brings so many new options to the table it’s hard to complain. We’ve put together a list of eight of our favorite fall flavors and why we think they’re extra special.
Pumpkins– Can easily be made sweet or savory. Got a sweet tooth? Try pumpkin cookies, muffins, granola, pie or quick bread. Prefer savory? Try pumpkin curry, tacos, or roasted pumpkin seeds. Pumpkins are packed with vitamins A & C, potassium and are low in calories.
Apples– So many varieties are available it’s hard to choose a favorite. Tart apples such as granny smith or gravenstein are best for baking. Sweet varieties such as gala or honeycrisp are best for snacking on. Apples help regulate blood sugar and are a great source of fiber.
Mushrooms– A great addition to any fall meal, adding rich texture and flavor to rice, pasta, and soups. Mushrooms help support the immune system and are a valuable source of B vitamins.
Maple– Pure maple syrup is unparalleled, drastically different from “pancake syrup”. Use it in place of sugar in baked goods, on top of sweet breakfasts or drizzle on roasted root vegetables. Pure maple syrup is a great source of manganese and zinc.
Sage– Offering a sweet, yet savory flavor, this herb is great with potatoes, roasts, carrots or chicken. Sage is well known for its medicinal properties and is high in vitamin K.
Ginger– Spicy and pungent, this spice adds a kick to any fall dish. Ginger is great for the digestive tract and settling upset or nauseated stomachs.
Cranberries– This tart berry offers a nice compliment to savory meat dishes. Commonly known for alleviating urinary tract ailments, cranberries are also great antioxidants.
Brussels Sprouts– Delicious whether roasted, steamed, braised, or shaved into a salad. Brussels sprouts may have some cholesterol-lowering benefits as well as offer some anti-inflammatory support.
There you have it, our round up of eight deliciously diverse fall flavors. Let’s get cooking!
Saturday, May 19, marks the first-ever global Food Revolution Day. Nearly 500 cities from 57 countries around the world are participating in this event to stand up against the global obesity epidemic. Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past decade and there are over 500 million obese adults worldwide. It is evident that we are in serious trouble and need to bring this epidemic to light.
Jamie Oliver is challenging schools, workplaces, families, and restaurants alike to organize healthy eating events. The hope is for the world to band together to shed light on the importance of eating healthfully and teaching our children the importance of proper nutrition. Whether you host a dinner party, prepare a healthy snack, try a new recipe, visit the farmers market, or whatever it may be, you can participate. Food Revolution Day is about educating and inspiring people to learn more about food, where it comes from and how it affects our bodies.
Fewer schools are putting an emphasis on health and physical education courses. Families have put home cooked meals on the back burner. Many don’t enjoy regular meals as a family. With each generation we are losing our ability to menu plan, grocery shop, and cook. Whether our excuse is time, availability or ability, the art of home cooking is slowly dwindling. Food Revolution Day is about bringing back the joy and excitement of cooking and eating together.
Celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Sir Elton John, Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber are supporting Jamie Oliver and Food Revolution Day. The British chef himself will be hosting a virtual party on Google+ at 8pm Eastern Time, taking questions from participants.
For more info, visit http://www.foodrevolutionday.com. For how to participate in Oliver’s Google+ hangout, watch his video invite here, http://bit.ly/K0aDgV.