The chill is in the air, which means one of our favorite seasons is upon us: AUTUMN. Not only do temperatures start to fall, but we get a whole new set of tasty (and incredibly nutritious) seasonal food is at its peak. We LOVE eating in season – especially in this season. Not only do we get to eat a lot of our favorite comfort foods, but they keep us healthy, too? Sign us up! Here are a few of our favorite fall foods that fuel our workouts.
How ‘Bout Them Apples
Apples might as well be Mother Nature’s easiest grab-and-go snack. They’re generally mess-free, loaded with vitamins and fiber, and extremely versatile. Apples are in full swing during the fall (family trip to Apple Hill, anyone?), which also means their nutritional value is peaking! Crunch on one before or after your workout with a little nut butter for an easy, quick and filling snack that’ll keep you on track toward your goals. And there’s a reason they say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Squash Your Goals
Squash harvest season is here! There are so many varieties of squash to choose from, and doing a little mix-n-match can make for a beautiful dinner! Chop up your squash of choice, toss them in a little olive oil and spices, and slip them into the oven for a quick roast. It’ll make for a great meal prep dish, dinner party side, or a warm savory snack when you’re in need of a little something. We LOVE swapping in some spaghetti squash in the place of regular pasta for a low-carb, high-flavor dinner.
Crack Open a Pomegranate
This tangy, flavorful fruit is at its best during the fall and winter seasons. Pomegranates are amazing snacks that will also give you a serious burst of antioxidants and vitamins – right in time for cold and flu season. Not only are they a great snack on their own, but sprinkle a few of these bad boys on top of your salad or morning oatmeal for a little extra punch of color and health. Your kids will love these, too (hint, hint).
Pumpkin Flavored Everything
Are you a PSL kind of person? Well there are so many other ways to enjoy your favorite fall staple, too! Pumpkin can not only be roasted on its own (and their seeds!) for a huge amount of Vitamin A and fiber, but you can also use it places you’d never even expect. Buy a can of pure pumpkin and throw a little bit in a blender with a banana, almond milk, almond butter, cinnamon, protein powder, and vanilla for a healthy pumpkin pie smoothie. Who says you can’t have dessert for breakfast?