Seasonal Foods For Autumn
So, what should we eat to sustain balance in our bodies during Autumn?
Avoiding cold, dry, and light drinks and foods. Instead replace with hot and warm drinks and heavier and oilier foods.
Increase foods that are oily, heavy, warm, sweet, sour, and salty and eat less pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes.
Here’s a few recommendations to include in your diet to help keep your body well balanced.
- Warm Soups like miso soup and vegetable and bone broths.
- Raw Nuts: almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios.
- Fruits: cooked apples, avocado, dates, figs, grapes, kiwi, oranges, rhubarb.
- Root Vegetables: Sweet potato, squash, parsnips etc.
- Food supplements: bee pollen, honey, liver caps, amla berry, triphala
And saturated fats such as butter, ghee and tallow.
- Legumes: mung beans, mung dhal, tur dhal, urad dhal, (NOTE: all legumes must be soaked for long periods and well cooked).
- Fresh Seasonal Vegetables: Radish, red cabbage and dark leafy greens, asparagus, beets, carrots,, fennel, garlic, green beans, green chillies, leeks, okra, olives, onions, parsnips, peas, sweet potato, potatoes, pumpkin, , zucchini, watercress. (NOTE: Avoid raw vegetables - cooked allows for ease of digestion)
- Oils: ghee, butter, tallow, olive
- Condiments: gomasio, lemon, lime, mustard, seaweed.
- Grains: whole amaranth, cooked oats, quinoa, sprouted wheat bread, or sourdough, basmati rice.
- Spices: asafoetida (hing), basil, bay leaf, cardamom, cayenne, cinnamon, clove, coriander, cumin, dill, fennel, fenugreek, garlic, fresh ginger, mustard seeds, nutmeg, paprika, parsley, mustard seeds, poppy seeds, rosemary, saffron, star anise, tarragon, thyme, turmeric, vanilla.
Drinks and sweeteners:
- Beverages: whole milk - warmed and spiced.
- Herbal Teas: chamomile, clove, elderflower, fresh ginger, lavender, lemon grass, licorice , anise hyssop, mullein - prioritize warm-to hot drinks
- Sweeteners: honey, jaggery, molasses, maple syrup, raw sugar.
I hope you find these guidelines useful, and they help you to enjoy and maintain a healthy and balanced diet, incorporating warm, spicy flavours of Autumn. The important message is to tune into Gods natural rhythms of the seasons and of your body and eat warming, seasonal foods that God our creator lovingly provides.