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Falling for Our Favorite Seasonal Flavors

Falling for Our Favorite Seasonal Flavors

What’s the best part of fall? The leaves, the cooler weather, the Halloween festivities? We say it’s the food. Fall brings comfort food cravings, but there’s also a wealth of tasty, seasonal produce available. The MYXfitness coaches share their favorite fall foods to help you stay healthy. 

Q: How do you shift your nutrition from summer to fall with seasonal produce?

Shaun: I tend to do a lot of cardio in the fall and winter. It’s usually my time to prepare for the spring marathon season. I lean to hearty, dense leafy greens and increase my overall carb consumption. 

Bri: I shift from cold salads to warm salads. My warm salads include a lot of carrots, cabbage, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, eggplant, zucchini, and different types of squash.

Jesse: When summer turns to fall, I like to eat cold-weather veggies like squash and pumpkin. I seek out the best organic year-round fruit at the grocery store and farmer’s market because I like to eat local. Quality bananas, apples, pears, and oranges are usually available thanks to modern-day transportation.

Q: What are your fall go-to foods?

Shaun: Fall has some of my favorite produce options. Though some of these items I have year-round, they are so much better when they’re in their proper season. I prefer fresh arugula and kale in the fall as opposed to frozen. While potatoes are great anytime, I lean towards sweet potatoes as a fall alternative. Also, fall season fruits mean everything apple: apple cider, apple pie, and apple crisps. 

Bri: I like to introduce more broccoli, apples, and spinach into my warm salads. My go-to fall meals are broccoli cheddar soup, pumpkin soup, eggplant parmesan boats, stewed apples with cinnamon, pan-fried Brussels sprouts with bacon, and cauliflower mash.

Jesse: I crave warm foods when the weather gets cold. Soups such as white-turkey chili with cannellini beans and kale, healthier spins on pasta dishes such as a chickpea alternative, and earthy veggies like sweet potatoes are some of my favorites. I also love lower-sugar versions of quick breads made with zucchini or pumpkin and a huge mug of hot tea. My morning staple is a big bowl of oats with mix-ins that include flaxseed powder, chia, peanut butter, and raisins. I am very cold-sensitive, so the more warmth I can get through food, the better. And I love pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

Thanks, coaches! We’re hungry already.

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