The temperatures might still be high in a few places, but they’re starting to fall for most of us, signaling (alongside the changing leaves) that fall has officially arrived. When the seasons change, it’s not just a change in our surroundings and climate, but in our tastes as well. Many of us eat seasonally and now is the perfect time to bring out all of those seasonal favorites. It’s time for comfort, warmth, and a little spice to keep things toasty as they get windier and wetter outdoors.
A lot of us associate fall with cooking for a variety of reasons. Fall is when certain baking-vital fruits, such as apples, are in season. It’s also a great way to stay warm and cozy. To that end, there are few better things than an apple strudel with cinnamon. A warm spoonful of crispy yet soft pastry to go with the sweet tartness of the apple and you’ll just want to curl up in a blanket. Goes very well with a mug of mocha, too. A little ice cream can make for a great mix of textures and ensure the crust doesn’t feel too dry, too.
Enjoy those comfort meals
You’re going to start craving heartier and more filling meals that seem to just warm up both the body and the spirit like nothing else. For the non-vegans and non-vegetarians out there, savory meat flavors tend to dominate the season and these fall dinner recipes will give you plenty of great ideas on how to make use of them. From gorgeous international lamb stews to easy-make beef chili, you’ll find plenty of fall deliciousness ere.
Welcome the pumpkin spice
Let’s get this over with: who cares if people call it basic? Pumpkin and pumpkin spice are fantastic flavorings for sweet treats and there’s no better time to have them than the fall when these gourds are at their freshest and we’re all full of the Halloween cheer. However, if you’re feeling like you’ve had too many baked treats as of late, then why not go for something a little lighter and easier to fit into your breakfast like this healthy pumpkin pie smoothie? A simpler option is to use some pumpkin pie spice, a pinch of ginger, and a little vanilla extract to make your own pumpkin spice latte, too.
Get berry good with it
A nice warm bowl of oatmeal can be the perfect thing to start your morning with while you’re still in your PJs. Filling, thick, and warm, there are all sorts of ways to flavor them. However, fall is when many berries are going to be at their freshest and in season. There are tons of different ways to take mixed berry or single berry oats, and you can mix and match freely, as well, knowing that they’re extremely good for you despite how sweet they taste.
There’s nothing wrong with indulging in some of your favorite comfort foods in the fall. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t have a healthy meal now and then, too!
This is a collaborative post.