Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Favorite Fall Foods

It's that time of the year where the weather is starting to get chilly, and the leaves are changing to reds and yellows. This change in temperature tends to make our bodies crave warm comforting foods. However, some of these foods can be laden with fats. So today I'm going to list some of my favorite foods that I find comforting and delicous during this time of the year.

1) Pumpkin:
Why it's good for you: great source of vitamin A, which is good for your eyes.
Pumpkin is very versatile and can be mixed in with lots of different foods, or even eaten plain. I like to mix pumpkin into oatmeal, yogurt, and pancakes, but it can also be added to soups, chillis, or breads.

2) Spaghetti Squash:
Why it's good for you: great source of beta carotene and vitamin A, which may aid in prevention of certain types of cancer and macular degeneration.
Spaghetti squash is another versatile vegetable. It can be eaten just sprinkled with cinammon and a touch of butter or serve as a substitute for pasta topped with tomato sauce and parmasen.

3) Oatmeal
Why it's good for you: it contains fiber which can help lower your cholesterol.
Oatmeal is probably one of my favorite foods ever. It helps me get out of my warm bed knowing a warm bowl of oatmeal will help keep me warm. Again oatmeal is versatile and can be fixed to suit anyones taste. It can be mixed with fresh/dried fruits, nut butter, nuts, granola, yogurt, pumpkin and the list goes on. Plus oatmeal can be added to breads or homeade veggie burgers.

4) Apples
Why it's good for you: also contains fiber; its soluble fiber may help lower blood cholesterol levels and its insoluble fiber helps waste move through your intestinal tract faster.
Apples again a very versatile food. They can be eaten by themselves, added to salads or sandwhiches, warmed up and topped with cinnamon for a sweet treat, or made into delicious apple cider. Anyway you eat them, they are a fruit that screams fall.

5) Beans
Why they're good for you: loaded with protein, fiber, iron and other vitamins and minerals and phytonutrients.
Once again beans can be added to just about anything, chili, soups, casseroles, or eaten alone. A great food to have on hand in your pantry.

These are some of my favorite foods because not only are they all good for you, but all of them are versatile and can be used in a variety of cooking methods. I hope this helps to get some ideas running through your head for creating that perfect fall recipe!

Later I'll post some of my favorite recipes using these ingriedients, in the mean time does anyone else have a favorite fall recipe they'd like to share??

Happy Wednesday :)

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