Are you noticing shorter days and crisp breezes? Autumn is certainly on its way, which means many of us begin to cozy up at home. Your exercise routine may lag a bit during this precursor to wintertime, and your meals may feature heavy sauced comfort food. This month, make a conscious effort to continue to focus on your health while still enjoying some of the tastes of the season. Here are a few tips for healthy eating this autumn.
No matter the time of year, you should always aim to eat what is in season. For example, strawberries are probably not going to taste the best in September. Instead, eat seasonal items like squash and zucchini, along with root vegetables. Try roasting your vegetables for a seasonal and healthy meal.
Stock Up on Soups
A warm bowl of soup is the perfect way to end a stressful day. Not only do soups taste great, they are also easy to make a double batch of and stock your freezer for the busy months ahead. Try making your own soups from scratch, and pack them full of vegetables for an extra nutritional punch.
Want extra nutritional credit? Make your own nutrient-dense stocks. It’s easier than you may think, and you can make your own healthy stocks in a crockpot. You can freeze stocks in ice cube trays or in flattened ziplock bags, pulling them out as you need them.
Snacks are a great way to fuel your body throughout the day, but you need to snack smart to get the nutritional benefits. Keep nuts and seeds on hand (pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and almonds are delicious!) to munch on throughout the day, or choose an apple with some type of nut butter for dipping.
Finally, be sure you are drinking plenty of water. It can be tempting to choose another cup of coffee or a pumpkin spiced latte mid-morning but choose to make a better nutritional decision and fill up your cup with water instead.
How do you make healthy nutritional decisions during the autumn months? We would love to hear your tips and tricks; send them to us and your submission could be published on our site.