Living a happy life goes hand in hand with a healthy living, something I got to understand and appreciate once I hit my 4-0 mark. I now try to do whatever I can to make sure I live a healthy lifestyle and teach my boys to live it and love it. And eating clean whole fresh foods is a major component of ensuring a healthy body. Eating seasonally is also such a great way to fall in love with the optimal taste and flavor of these foods.
As fall settles in, I usually start opting for frozen strawberries and blueberries for Alex’s daily smoothies, and buy apples, grapes, different types of squash and root veggies. I also go try to shop at the farmer’s market as often as possible. Usually, the owner of a stand at a farmer’s market picks the fruits and veggies at the peak of their ripeness, just before heading out to the market. Two of my go to fall fruits (besides apples, of course!) are very nutritious but pretty hard to come by any other season, so as soon as fall season arrives, I always buy them.
Pomegranate is a well known fruit but not as widely used as it should be. It is packed with fiber, Vitamins C, K, folate, and potassium. Try this and this Pomegranate martini recipes for your holiday party!
Persimmon Many don’t include these in their fruit intake because it’s just one of the lesser recognized fruits. Persimmons are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. There are two varieties, fuyu and hachiya, both nutritious. I personally love hachiya persimmons. When extremely ripe (never eat them unless the entire fruit is super soft like a squishy tomato), this sweet treat is a must try. Fuyu persimmons is mildly sweet and makes a delicious snack a la carte, in a salad, and a perfect addition to your holiday cheese plate. Try this Arugula Salad with Fuyu Persimmon, perfect for a fall/winter holiday dinner!
Do you shop at farmer’s market? What fall fruits and veggies do you usually buy?
♡ Zuma A.