As the seasons change from summer to fall, take some time embrace the new season with some fall health and wellness practices. Shop the local farmers market and pick up some fall produce, and while you’re there, be sure to shop for some grounding vegetables to help you align with the fall season. Here are ten grounding foods to help prepare your body for fall.
Root vegetables like beets, carrots, garlic, ginger, and radishes all have roots that reach down deep within the ground. These roots anchor the plant to the earth, which is its foundation for life. Adding these foods into your fall diet can help you become more rooted and grounded in your own life as well.
Beets are very detoxifying for the liver and the blood, so start the fall season fresh by incorporating more beets into your meals. Not a fan of beets? Try mixing a small amount of beet juice to your morning smoothie.
Carrots are loaded with antioxidants, alpha and beta carotene, and vitamins A and C. Whether you dip them in homemade hummus or roast them for a dinner side dish, find a way to enjoy this fall food.
Garlic is naturally sodium free, so ditch the table salt and add some fresh chopped garlic to your dinner dish to give it an added touch of flavor.
Ginger can be enjoyed as a refreshing side, but if you aren’t a fan of fresh ginger, try enjoying it in another form like ginger tea.
Radishes have a mild to hot peppery flavor with a great crunchy texture. Try adding them to your favorite fall salad with some sweet apple slices from the local farmers market.
Instead of traditional potato fries, why not try parsnip fries? Wash and slice parsnips into long strips then toss them in avocado oil with a sprinkle of salt. Roast at 350 F for 40-50 minutes or until parsnips are soft and tender to the touch. Be careful not to cook them too long as the natural sugars in the parsnips will cause them to burn quickly if cooked at too high of a temperature.
Pumpkins can keep for up to two months when stored properly, so be sure to store them in a cool, dark place so you can enjoy pumpkin throughout the entire fall season. Fun fact: Pumpkin makes a great pre- or post-workout snack and can be enjoyed in a protein smoothie or in a bowl of pumpkin oatmeal.
9. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are, well, sweet, which is why they are a great vegetable to eat if you are struggling with a sweet tooth. Not only do they ground you, but they help curb any unwanted sugar cravings. As the season changes, these dense veggies will also help your body adjust to the cooler temperatures of the fall season.
Turnips come in all colors and shapes, but are most commonly found as round in shape with white and purple colors. These little guys can be intimidating to cut, so here are six easy steps to cutting a turnip.