As summer starts to cool down, late summer/early fall harvests begin showing up at farmers markets and produce departments with a delicious variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables. Nature designed these cool weather crops with dark intense colors packed with powerful antioxidant nutrients providing cell protection from free radical damage and disease. It’s time to enjoy the wide range of produce fall has to offer when the flavors peak and prices drop.
Look for a wide variety of freshly harvested apples, grapes, kiwi, pears, clementines, grapefruit, figs, and pomegranates. Heirloom tomatoes, artichokes and avocado prices are at their lowest (my favorites), along with beets, cabbage, cauliflower and green beans, onions, potatoes and sweet potatoes. But it really starts looking like fall when you see the stalks of fresh brussels sprouts, zucchini, winter squash, and eggplant with plump garlic, fresh chiles and sweet and spicy peppers. It’s also time to decorate your kitchen with pumpkins, and gourds that remind us of the season. Simply said, fall offers us a delicious plethora of nutritional super-foods.
Looking for a few quick and easy dinner ideas?
Meal #1 Grilled Chicken with Vegetables
Pick up a rotisserie chicken, a variety of vegetables to grill and a large heirloom tomato. (Buy twice the amount of vegetables so you have leftovers). Pop the chicken on the grill to heat up while you season and lightly grill the vegetables (avoid charring). Serve with thick sliced tomatoes drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Note: Whenever possible, choose organic chicken and vegetables.
Meal #2 Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Soup
Add the remaining chicken to 32 ounces or more organic chicken broth. Slice and add the leftover grilled vegetables for a delicious, nutrient dense, protein packed soup. Serve with a mixed green salad and olive oil and vinegar dressing.
So as we say farewell to summer, you can look forward to fall with all the beauty and healthy food it has to offer. Make eating a wider variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables your daily victory.
Joyce Daoust is a Certified Nutritionist and national best selling co-author of:
THE FORMULA, A Personalized 40-30-30 Weight Loss Program