Healthy Living Guest Blogger Series: Fit and Healthy Mamas
OurHarvest is introducing a new guest blogger series featuring healthy eating and living tips. Our first post below is from Melissa Monteforte a Health and Nutrition Coach and head of Fit & Healthy Mamas. Some of her product recommendations are already available - others will be available soon at OurHarvest. Thanks Melissa!
Cool mornings, shorter days, and everyone talking all things pumpkin and apple – can only mean one thing…Fall has officially set in!
Fall is one of my favorite seasons to enjoy locally grown produce. As the weather starts to get cooler our bodies require and naturally crave warmer and heartier foods that the fall harvest brings.
And although pumpkin and apple are usually the crowd favorites, there’s a ton of great produce (both for your health and your taste buds) that’s in abundance during fall.
Like root vegetables such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and parsnips. And squashes such as acorn, winter, and butternut. We can also give our immune system a boost by eating seasonal alkalizing greens such as kale and collards. Or by adding antioxidant rich garlic to your meals (which is also in season) to help fight off cold and flu season.
When we eat in season and local it helps keep our bodies in balance. We are able to enjoy the foods nourishing properties to it’s fullest. We also are able to experience the foods true flavor and rich taste when eating in season.
Speaking of taste– You can also totally tell the difference with local produce! Ever wonder why? It’s because fresh, locally harvested food have their full whole flavors in tact. They don’t have to be picked prematurely or refrigerated for extended periods of time before they take the long journey to reach your plate.
I think what I love most when I choose local, aside from the flavor and nutrient benefits is that I know exactly where it comes from. (And that’s also one of the main reasons why I love OurHarvest.)
I’ve listed a few of my local fall favorites below. Try adding a few to your menu this season for better taste, increased nutrients, and a healthier body!
Apples & Pears. Check out my favorite baked pie recipe below where I throw in a mix of the two. Can also be made gluten free.
Brussels Sprouts. My favorite way to prepare them is by roasting in the oven, or sautéing with some caramelized onions.
Squash (like butternut and acorn). Enjoy these baked or they also make great soups.
Kale and Arugula. If eating your kale raw like in a salad make sure to massage it first. I know it sounds silly, but kneading the leaves help soften them and make it easier for you to digest.
Cauliflower. Did you know you could mash cauliflower and add some milk to make a healthier version of ‘mashed potatoes’. You definitely have to give it a try!
Apple Pear Crumble Pie
- 1 pie crust (I use arrowhead mills brand. If you are avoiding gluten you can also purchase a gluten free pie crust.)
- 5 apples (mixed between tarte and sweet)
- 1 pear
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- ½ c rolled oats
- ½ c almond flour
- ¼ c ground flaxseed
- ¼ c sweetener of choice (I use maple syrup. You could also use brown sugar)
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- 1 Tbsp butter
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 375. Peel, core, and thinly slice apples & pear. Place fruit in medium bowl and mix with 1tsp cinnamon, lemon juice, and maple syrup. Set aside. In a separate bowl combine remaining ingredients and mix until forms a crumb topping. Pour apple mixture into the pie crust. Sprinkle crumb topping evenly over apple mixture. Place in oven and bake for 25 minutes. Or until crumb topping starts to brown. Serve warm.