As the breeze turns cooler, the days become shorter, and we pull out those fuzzy sweaters and scarves, we can also begin enjoying the delicious foods that Autumn has to offer. It’s almost time to cover the grill and pack those shorts back into the closet. Continue reading to discover what is in season and on trend. You have to make sure you get those healthy foods for the fall.
Although the bright color and sweet tartness of pomegranates may lead you to believe they are spring or summer fruits, they are actually in season September through February in the USA. Pomegranate seeds are great additions to alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks or salads. They are also a great snack on their own as they are rich in vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants. Look for poms that are deep red, rounded, and plump. Since many commercial stores receive under-ripe pomegranates to extend shelf-life, the ripest pomegranates can be found at local farmers markets.
Pumpkin soup is a classic fall side dish that comes back year after year. Pumpkins are planted early in the summer and are harvested between September and October. A tasty pumpkin soup served in a restaurant can be rather high in calories and fat. For a lighter version, try making it at home. Substitute fresh pumpkin chunks for pre-made pumpkin puree, evaporated skim milk for heavy cream, and you can add chopped apples for even more flavor.
This next Autumn treat can satisfy your sweet tooth without making too much of a negative impact on your diet plan. Brown sugar acorn squash is available to purchase in stores all year round, but their peak season is early fall into winter. Not to be confused with butternut squash, acorn squash is more green than orange, has a nutty, sweet flavor and is shaped, well, like an acorn! Cut the squash in half, remove the seeds and pulp, and coat the halves in a mixture of brown sugar, maple syrup, and softened butter. Place the halves, cut side up, in a 400° oven for about 45 minutes. Let cool to touch and enjoy!
Broccoli is another hidden fall gem. We all know you can find them all year, but they are sweetest starting around October. They are high in iron, vitamin C, and vitamin A. Cook them on the stovetop, roast them in the oven or even eat them raw in a salad. You can throw in some bacon crumbles for some extra salt and savory flavor.
I’ve got a yummy fall beverage for you to try out too! Apple cider spiked with spiced rum will really get your seasonal themed party started and help you wind down after a long, cold day. Combine 4 parts warmed apple cider with 1 part spiced rum of your choice. Add in a cinnamon stirring stick for some extra flair and flavor. If you’re thinking of making a big party batch, you can warm the cider in a crock pot with the cinnamon sticks and allow your guests to add rum to their liking