Happy October! The smell of fall is now in the air for most of you and that only means one thing…its PUMPKIN time. The kids are picking out their Halloween costumes, the leaves are changing color, and the produce in the markets are changing seasons.
Eating seasonal has been somewhat lost in our modern day world. It is easy to forget that many foods only grow in certain seasons. This is because of the processing and worldwide distribution of food that has made certain seasonal foods available on grocery store shelves all year round. Much of the same food can been seen in December as in July. Great fall foods include sweet potatoes, onions, garlic, carrots, apples, pears and pumpkin.
All of the healthiest foods are seasonal. Researchers have found that there can be a huge decrease of nutrients in foods that are grown or eaten out of season. It was determined that spinach in summer had 3 times more vitamin C than spinach in winter. It is also important to mention that local food often contains more nutrients than foods shipped from further away because nutrients start to get lost as soon as they are harvested. So the take away message is to EAT SEASONALLY.
If you can not eat seasonally all the time the next best thing would be to get a canned (BPA free), jarred, pickled, fermented, or frozen version that is as close to the real thing as possible. These versions are often preserved during the peak of freshness and retain more nutrients. Another great idea would be to buy some of your favorite seasonal foods in bulk and freeze them yourself so you can enjoy them for a longer period of time. I bought a dozen cans of organic pumpkin last November around Thanksgiving for $1 each and have been enjoying pumpkin all year round.
- ¼ Cup Oat Groats
- ¼ Cup Rolled Oats
- 2 Tbsp Canned Pumpkin (BPA free lining prefered)
- ½ tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
- 1 Large Date (or 2 small)
- ½ Cup Milk of Choice (I use 1 Tbsp hemp seeds and ½ cup water to make hemp milk)
- ½ Ripened Banana (optional but I like the extra sweetness it adds and I don't even taste the banana, you could add an extra date instead)
- In a 8-12 oz jar add the two kinds of oats.
- In a blender (I like my magic bullet for this) add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth.
- Add the mixture to the jar of oats and mix until all the oats are wet.
- Add slices of banana.
- Let the oats sit in the fridge overnight.
Please choose organic when possible and always choose real food.