I get happy thinking about fall foods, especially pumpkins and what you can do with them: pie, pudding, curry soups, even pumpkin smoothies. I know we eat them because they are in season, but eat them often while they are in season and you will reap the benefits of the nutrients that God put in them for us for this time of year. Pumpkins provide beta-carotene and potassium, and help blood sugar metabolism.
The changes in temperature, shorter days, and longer sleeps mean different eating habits and nurturing foods as summer weather winds down. No longer are the easily digestible blueberries and strawberries available for picking, or the watermelons you can practically drink for hydration. No, it’s the slower digesting vegetables and tart fruits, pectin rich apples and winter squashes which God magically made to store well in cool dry places.
Enjoy the warmth that a squash soup provides and the slow releasing sugars from apples and pears. If you live in the Northeast like me, cleanse your blood and digestive system this fall with cranberry smoothies, juices, tarts, and crisps.
Cranberries contain vitamin C, ellagic acid, an anticancer compound, and fiber.They have antiviral, and antifungal properties. They inhibit the adhesion of bacteria to the urinary tract. Consume cranberries in moderation as they contain oxalic and tannic acids. Like other foods containing these acids, over-consumption can contribute to kidney stones and can inhibit the absorption of iron and calcium in the digestive tract.
Apples are a multi-purpose remedy fruit. They ease a dry cough, cleanse the liver and gallbladder and help soften gallstones (especially green apples). Do not neglect the skin because their pectin promotes beneficial intestinal flora and supports normal colon function.
Apples and streusel are two of my favorite things. I often make a raw streusel out of dates, buckwheat, nuts and spices and toss it on top of steamed apples.
I found a delicious raw apple streusel dessert—a little more work than the dessert i just mentioned, but worth it. Click on the picture for some apple inspiration!!
For a quick cinnamon pumpkin pudding, go HERE. You will not be disappointed. This is a favorite of mine, but one must have agar-agar to make it.
For a quick cranberry-Aloe elixir click here