Five seasonal superfoods for a healthy Autumn
Oh, Autumn. Seasons of mists, mellow fruitfulness and all the pumpkin spice flavouring you can shake a latte at. It’s also the time where flu and cold bugs are on the rise, and this year we’re all being especially careful to stay healthy.
While superfoods aren’t a cure for everything - and definitely don’t replace masks and hand washing - these immunity-boosting additions to your meals are the holy grail of both tasting good and doing you good. So instead of loading up on supplements and multivitamins, try incorporating some of these into your diet.
This spice has boomed in popularity over the past few years, partly due to its ability to add a golden hue to food and drink and thus look really good on Instagram. It’s also a fantastic anti-inflammatory and good for indigestion, as well as being full of antioxidants.
This Carrot, Coconut and Turmeric soup is perfect if you want to embrace autumn but you’re not quite ready to go full stew yet. Bursting with flavour and light enough to be a starter with a small bowl or a main with some crusty bread, you can batch cook it in your Eco Pan Stockpot and pop it in the freezer to enjoy all season long.
You may have added it to curries or used it in a spice rub, but have you ever thought about drinking your Turmeric? Turmeric Milk (aka ‘golden milk’) is a beautiful shade of yellow and packed full of flavour. Try this you’re looking for a comforting - and immune boosting - alternative to Hot Chocolate! Alternatively, why not try sprinkling someTurmeric over your parsnips for a flavourful twist on a British classic - Sunday lunch will never be the same again.
We know, we know - you’re sick of kale. Roasting it in the oven with a sprinkle of low fat salt isn’t the same as a bag of crisps, and nice try making a smoothie out of it without some pineapple to counteract the bitterness. But done right, kale is a must-have ingredient that tastes as good as it is.
Vegan kale pasta might sound like everything you’re trying to avoid - no cream? Kale? - but Top with Cinnamon’s Creamy Cauliflower, Mushroom and Kale Pasta Bake is delicious, especially for those chilly nights when all you want is some healthy comfort food.
If you’re looking for something a little lighter, whip up this Chargrilled Chicken and Kale Caesar Salad for a lunchtime treat, or go full LA cliche with Naturally Sassy’s Kale, Sweet Potato and Avocado salad.
If you want to stave off any autumn and winter nasties, you can’t do better than copious amounts of ginger in everything! For the best results, buy it as root ginger from the veg aisle and then finely chop or grate it - or add lemon and honey and brew yourself up a mug of Eats Amazing’s Honey, Lemon and Ginger tea. If you’re looking for something warming, delicious and packed with superfoods, try Diana Henry’s Ginger Chicken Meatballs in a Broth with Greens - just the thing to boost your immune system as the days get shorter and the weather gets colder.
With Halloween coming up, you can’t do better than garlic for keeping the vampires - and the germs - away. Whip up a batch of The Happy Foodie’s Roasted Garlic Soup and you’ll be sure to keep Dracula and his buddies at bay. Studies have shown that garlic is associated with improved blood circulation, and the strong yet sweet flavour of this soup should enable you to reduce the amount of added salt you need, which will also be helpful for your blood pressure. Alternatively, make it the basis of a stir fried noodle dish - like these Garlic Spinach Longevity Noodles - or add a clove into your creamy mashed potatoes to give it a bit of a kick.
Autumnal and full of vitamin C - what more do you want? Whether you get them from your local supermarket or forage for your own, they pack an instant seasonal punch to any rainy weather baking. They take spices wonderfully, so even just sprinkling them with a tiny bit of cinnamon and sugar makes the perfect dessert. Try Everything Looks Rosie’s luscious Blackberry and Cardamom Brownies for a real autumnal treat - or, if the summer weather is lingering and you need to cool down, Blackberry and Cardamom ice cream.
Blackberry picking is a great family activity (or a solo one if you don’t want to be caught scoffing them straight from the branches), but watch out for those thorns - especially if you’re still healing from foraging for raspberries a few weeks ago…
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