Foods that keep you Vibrant in the Autumn

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When autumn rolls around it signals a change of pace, a time to reflect, and prepare yourself for winter. You’ll find that your habits change as the season shifts, and there’s often a change of mood too.

Despite this apparent slowing down, autumn is a season that is full of vibrance and excitement. Here are a few autumn foods that can pass a little bit of that vibrance on to you.

Pumpkin

With Halloween just around the corner, you might be tempted to think that pumpkins are just there for decoration. Pumpkins carry many health benefits within their easily-carved walls.

Not all pumpkins are orange, but those that are orange contain quantities of the powerful antioxidant beta-carotene. Eating plenty of beta-carotene will help protect your body against certain kinds of cancer, reduce the risks of heart disease, and help protect your cells thereby slowing down the aging process.

They are also a great source of fibre, while pumpkin seeds contain zinc and magnesium while also being helpful in managing diabetes. (1)  

Cranberries

Famously used to make cranberry sauce and eaten with turkey later in the year, cranberries do far more than just complement poultry.

Cranberry consumption has been linked to a lower risk of UTIs, as well as the prevention of certain types of cancer. They also help prevent cardiovascular disease and reduce inflammation. (2)

Like pumpkins, they have a high concentration of antioxidants and vitamins, making them a go-to fruit for maintaining health in the cooler seasons.

Cranberries, like many fruits, can be turned into preserves and juiced with minimal effort, but always check the ingredients to ensure nothing has been added that will negate the positive effects.

Sweet Potatoes

The peak season for sweet potatoes is autumn, when they develop the best taste of the year. Another orange vegetable, they are rich vitamin C and beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body and helps to promote healthy eyesight. (3)

Sweet potatoes are full of antioxidants, and their skin is a great source of fibre.

Persimmons

Persimmons are one of the less commonly chosen fruits for their health benefits but overlooking them would be a mistake. Rich in fibre, antioxidants, and minerals, persimmons look a little like oranges that have been crossed with tomatoes.

Beta-carotene once again makes an appearance, and the antioxidants help slow aging and fight cancers. (7)

Ripe persimmons have a flavour that is sweet and almost honey-like, but under-ripe persimmons can be bitter and tart, so make sure to let them ripen before consuming. 

Pomegranates

Pomegranates are a fruit that you have to be committed to eat. Wrapped in a tough skin, the seeds must be slowly removed in order to be eaten – but the flavour is worth the effort. 

The fruit is high in vitamin C and antioxidants, and so is anti-inflammatory and can protect against certain types of cancer, heart disease, arthritis and digestive issues. It may also help in slow mental decline caused by age. (8)

If you can’t stand to peel and de-seed a pomegranate, you can get many of the benefits from commercially produced pomegranate juice – just watch out for additives as always.

Porridge

There’s nothing better for warming you up on a cold morning, or for giving you a healthy boost.

Oats are wholegrains that are full of fibre, vitamins, and minerals. As well as containing antioxidants, the beta-glucan fibre in oats can help reduce LDL cholesterol levels. LDL is often the cause of damage to the circulatory system, so reducing this can be beneficial. (4)

As long as you don’t stack piles of sugar on top of it, oat-based porridge is a great way to start your day. However, if you need a little flavour adding, why don’t you try…

Cinnamon & Nutmeg

While these spices might instantly say “Christmas” to you, but if you enjoy a pumpkin spice latte, you’ll find that they are a major component of the flavour. The smell of both spices combines to produce an unforgettable aroma, giving off a sense of warming and safety.

But it isn’t just a sensory effect. Cinnamon can help control diabetes, cholesterol levels, reduce the risk of dementia and cancer, and slow the aging process. (5) Nutmeg, on the other hand, can help relieve pain, treat insomnia, help with blood pressure, and protect your brain. (6)

Maybe that latte is good for you after all!

Autumn is Full of Flavour and Colour

The difference a few months makes in nature is quite spectacular. Gone are the bright colours of summer, replaced by the oranges and browns that make autumn one of the most beautiful seasons to behold.

But behind that colour change is an array of vitamins and minerals, meaning that not only is the food vibrant, but you can be vibrant too.

Why don’t you investigate the tastes of autumn and see which is your favourite?

APOTHECARY 27 SUGGESTS 

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Majestic Matcha Chai Organic Latte by Pukka

The purest emerald green organic matcha nourishes the heart of this delicious herbal latte. Spiced with cinnamon and cardamom and naturally sweetened with licorice, it’s a majestic matcha moment.

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Goji Berry & Pumpkin Seed by The Great British Porridge Co

Lovingly mixed with the best British wholegrain oats, using only completely natural, ethically sourced ingredients. This is a healthy, balanced meal and a beautiful start to any day.

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Food-Grown® KSM-66® Ashwagandha Plus by Wild Nutrition

KSM-66® Ashwagandha Plus provides 500mg of ashwagandha root with Food-Grown® Magnesium to support the body through challenging times. Ashwagandha is an exceptional indian herb traditionally used to support the body's resilience to physiological and psychological demand.

Key Benefits

  • Support for 'busy' people

  • For increasing resistance to 'burn out'

  • For those who find it hard to 'unwind' from life

  • Suitable for teens and men and women at all life stages

VISIT US AT Apothecary 27, 71-73 WEYHILL, HASLEMERE, SURREY, GU27 1H to purchase the products mentioned in this post.

References

  1. https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/health-benefits-pumpkin-seeds

  2. https://www.nola.com/healthy-eating/2015/11/six_health_benefits_of_cranber.html

  3. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/fact-or-fiction-carrots-improve-your-vision/

  4. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/9-benefits-oats-oatmeal#section4

  5. https://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/24/health/cinnamon-health-benefits/index.html

  6. https://food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/7-incredible-nutmeg-benefits-from-inducing-sleep-to-relieving-pain-1464121

  7. https://draxe.com/persimmon-fruit/

  8. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318385.php