Hey hey.  So you guys know I am a broken record, but Fall is my favorite in NYC.  It’s almost over, but the selection of fruits and veggies at the farmer’s markets are still TO DIE FOR.  Remember this post from last year?

I want us all to be utilizing the amazing Fall produce while we still can, so let’s have a breakdown!

Apples:

DUH.  You don’t need me for this one.  What you do need me for is to think outside the box.  Chop up some apples, sprinkle cinnamon and then warm them in the microwave for 30-40 seconds.  Throw in your oatmeal, on top of a salad, or paired with some grilled chicken for dinner.  De-lish.  Any time of day.

..Which brings me to my next favorite Fall fruit..

Pomegranates:

Specifically, pom seeds.  FULL of antioxidants and so darn tasty, these are fantastic to throw on just about anything.  Oatmeal as above, salad as down below, on yogurt, pancakes, WHATEVA.

This salad though?! Come on.  Mom made this for Thanksgiving last year.  Pear, tomatoes, beets, blueberries, pom seeds & blue cheese on a bed of spinach.  Fruits and veggies together? YES.  Do it.

Broccoli & Brussel Sprouts:

OK, So I may have been one of the only kids that loved broccoli and brussels sprouts, but I sure hope I’m not one of the only adults.

These veggies are so badass for your bod.  High in Vitamins A, K and C as well as fiber, my favorite way to enjoy these veggies during the Fall is to ROAST them in the oven at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  Sprinkle some salt, pepper & olive oil on them before ya chuck em in the oven.  Filling your dinner plate up halfway with some veg is the quickest way to get to a flat tummy.

Spinach:

Another favorite of mine.  For breakfast, scramble with some egg whites, tomatoes and mushrooms.  What an easy way to get your veggies in first thing in the morning!  For lunch use as a base for a salad, and for dinner sautee with some olive oil.

Cranberries:

Cranberries! Who doesn’t think of Thanksgiving and Christmas?! Cranberries are AMAZING on salads.  This antioxidant is great for anything from your bladder to your immune system to the glow of your skin.

While we can’t be expected to live off of fruits and veggies, it’s important to have fun with it (anyone else think of veggies as a chore sometimes??) and incorporate them into our days however possible.  And for those times when we need a little comfort food, stick to whole grains and lean meats/proteins.  Buffalo bolognese, anyone?

I’m already excited to throw some pom seeds into my oatmeal tomorrow :)

Xo

Ava