This post is written in partnership with Canvas Credit Union. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
With October around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about all things autumn. Before the craze of the holidays, fall is an opportunity to savor simple, beautiful moments — those that honor the change of seasons. Speaking of, witnessing the change of season in Colorado is spectacular. Truly picturesque landscape, there is a plethora of hiking near Colorado’s famous mountain towns. Hiking is a wonderful way to support your mental and physical health, too. If you’re on the hunt for yellow, orange, and red leaves, Colorado is the place to be.
Harvest Time of Year
An acknowledgment of growth and expansion, the autumnal months are a natural evolution of being. Just as nature cycles throughout the year, so do we. It’s all timely and succinct, whether or not we realize it. Naturally and spiritually speaking, fall represents the harvest time of year. Late-September through early-December is when farmers (or home gardeners!) reap the rewards of the growing season. It’s no surprise that fall is synonymous with abundance and gratitude. And we’re especially grateful for what fruits and vegetables are in season in fall, particularly those that are organic.
How To Embrace Fall
Throughout the year, we experience periods of growth, rebirth, etc. — and fall is all about self-reflection. It’s also about awareness and mindfulness. In fact, the change of seasons is a wonderful excuse to start that daily journal habit. Comfort is strongly symbolized by fall. Hello, candlelight and all-things pumpkin spice.
This season is prime time for seeking comfort amid dropping temperatures. Creating a serene and snug space is one of the best perks of autumn. One of the easiest ways to get into the fall spirit? At the grocery store. Rather than reach for the same fruits and veggies, take a look at this seasonal food guide. It’s a convenient (and delicious) way to learn about autumn’s produce. There are a myriad of benefits to eating with the seasons, but in essence, it’s better for your body, your wallet, your community, and the world around you.
What Foods Should You Eat In The Fall?
In the spirit of changing up your grocery basket, here are micro and macronutrients to focus on throughout the fall, particularly here in Colorado:
- Fruit: cranberries, apples, pomegranates, citrus fruits, and pears
- Green veggies: arugula, broccoli, spinach, kale, celery, and artichokes
- Root veggies: onions, carrots, squash, pumpkin, turnips, and sweet potatoes
- Whole grains: brown rice, quinoa, oats, and millet
- Legumes: beans, chickpeas, lentils, and soybeans
- Fish: sea bass, cod, sole, and haddock
- Herbs: ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, rosemary, thyme, basil, and dill
To read the rest of my post — including a list of budget-friendly fall recipes — hop over to my feature on Canvas Credit Union’s blog.