Autumn Health Essentials

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Fall is a favorite season for many people who love the fresh, crisp air, the vibrant colors of changing leaves, and the feeling of approaching winter holidays. However, cooler temperatures, shorter days, reduced sunshine, and more time indoors may call for some wellness adjustments. These tips can help ensure your autumn is both happy and healthy:

Eat seasonally

Autumn offers a bounty of delicious, brightly colored produce, including broccoli, apples, butternut squash, pears, cauliflower, cranberries, sweet potatoes, and that annual favorite─pumpkin. How about updating your menu with innovative dishes like Brussels Sprouts with Walnut-Lemon Vinaigrette, Warm Red Cabbage Salad, or Riesling-Baked Pears? For these and many other healthy, delicious fall recipes, visit here.

Savor fall soups

Fall produce invites savory, hearty soups, which can also be wonderfully healthy. Veggie-packed soups are a great way to warm up chilly nights while also boosting your daily produce intake. Legendary cookbook author Mollie Katzen offers numerous recipes for nourishing, tasty “comfort” soups like Butternut Squash and Apple, North African Red Lentil, Cream of Red Pepper, Corn and Shitake Mushroom, and more here.

Spice it up

Spices have been used for centuries to boost the immune system as well as to transform foods from simple to spectacular. Spices with powerful health benefits include turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, garlic, and more. Along with promoting wellness, they also beautifully complement autumn produce with their tremendous range of flavors. Think butternut squash with ginger and cinnamon, pumpkin with cardamom and cloves, root vegetables with garlic and cumin, or baked pears or apples with nutmeg and coriander. For more tips on spicing up fall cooking, visit here.

Adjust your activity

If you love outdoor summer fitness, being indoors more often as the days get shorter can be challenging. However, you can still protect your trim, fit summer body and stay energized with a few adjustments. Consider getting back to the gym, taking family evening walks, and/or working out at home. Set aside weekend time for fall hikes and trail rides too. Exercise helps combat stress, fights depression, boosts your immune system, and protects against weight gain, so by all means, stay active.

Avoid the flu

If you’re prone to getting the flu with the change of seasons, talk to your doctor about whether a flu shot is right for you. Most communities offer affordable options. You might get one at your doctor’s office or at your local pharmacy. It’s also worth asking if your employer offers free or reduced-rate flu shots. And of course, washing hands frequently helps to reduce your risk of any contagious illness.

With these simple tips, you’ll enjoy an autumn that’s not only healthy, but delicious and fun too!

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