Whether you love autumn and the colder, darker nights for digging out blankets and lighting the fire, or whether this doesn’t really excite you and you’re all about reminiscing the summer days, one thing is for sure…autumn spoils us for choice with seasonal foods.
As the temperature drops, we seek foods that warm us from the inside out. Autumn is all about eating nourishing, comforting, grounding foods that strengthen our immune system and boost our energy.
It is the season of harvest and is abundant with natural foods that are jam packed with goodness. There are so many reasons why eating seasonally when possible is important, and it’s something we perhaps need to do more of.
As a society we have access to all sorts of foods, all year round. We can buy strawberries and avocados whenever we fancy. This is a luxury which we should all be grateful for, but sometimes it’s important that we all reconnect with where our food comes from.
Local, sustainable and seasonal eating leads naturally to good nutrition. And it doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. In fact, it’s healthier, cheaper and better for the environment.
If you give eating seasonally a go, you might be surprised to find you feel more ‘in sync’. Now, bear with us on this, because it’s true! If you align your day-to-day habits (like eating) with the season, you’ll be embracing the time of year and find you enjoy it more. So, for anyone that doesn’t usually love autumn, this is a tip for you!
Shopping local and seasonal is a great way to reduce food miles. Out of season food, if demanded year-round, is made to grow at an unnatural time in a tailored environment or has to be shipped from overseas. That’s a long way for it to travel when there’s so much goodness readily available locally!
Filling a bowl of seasonal foods will be a healthy plate and also taste amazing! Natural, freshly grown, picked when ripe and full of flavour – it’s a win, win for the producer and the consumer.
In-season foods are packed with vitamins, minerals and nutrients that will support the bodies needs for that season. Autumnal foods like pumpkin, squash and potatoes are hearty, filling, healthy carbs to give nourishment in preparation for winter.
Pumpkin, grapes, cranberries, chard, apples and broccoli all contain nutrients to aid cell repair – just what the body and skin needs to recover from the summer heat.
Mushrooms, cabbage and sweet potatoes contain vitamin D and C to help boost the immune system against the typical coughs and colds that circulate in the cooler weather.
You’re also likely to find eating seasonally lighter on your wallet. The produce is readily available and local, therefore, usually cheaper. What’s not to love?!
So, what foods are in season in autumn in the UK?
- Root vegetables like carrots, squash, pumpkin, parsnips, beetroot, swede, turnip, sprouts and sweet potato
- Whole grains like brown rice, quinoa and oats
- Legumes like beans, chickpeas, lentils and soybeans
- Green vegetables like broccoli, spinach, kale, celery, artichokes and rocket
- Fruits including pears, apples and pomegranates
- Herbs like ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, rosemary, thyme and basil
Now, who fancies a turmeric latte and a home-made granola bar?! Give it a go today and help your body to thrive with the seasons.