Autumn officially arrives Friday September 22 at 10:02am ET/1:02pm PT, and darkness begins to dominate in the Northern Hemisphere. Acknowledging this shift, and choosing practices which align with nature's rhythms supports our overall health and well being.
It's only the second September I've lived in Southern California. There have been a few cool mornings, but nothing like the crisp windy days of Fall in the Northeast where I lived most of my life. What IS noticeably different is the diminishing amount of daylight, with later sunrises. It's also drier and windier, both harbingers of Fall.
Signs of Fall are found at the farmer's market with apples, pears and the first winter squash, including butternut and delicata, acorn, spaghetti and kabocha, and root vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots and beets. No matter where we live, acknowledging the change of the seasons by eating what is grown locally helps us to stay balanced.
Seasonal transitions can be challenging, and we're more susceptible to imbalances in our health during these shifts. The Autumn presents a wonderful opportunity to make positive changes in your health.
Aligning with nature's rhythms means eating with the seasons so enjoy these healthy and delicious apple and pumpkin recipes.
Pumpkin Pie Chia Pudding
- 2 cups organic coconut milk
- 1 cup fresh or organic canned pumpkin (or substitute sweet potatoes)
- 6 Medjool dates, pitted and soaked in boiling water for 10 minutes, then drained
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (mixture cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice)
- Pinch of sea salt
- ½ cup chia seeds
Blend all ingredients EXCEPT chia seeds in food processor or blender until smooth and creamy. Then add the chia seeds and pulse to combine well.
Refrigerate for at least an hour or overnight. Makes 2-4 Servings for breakfast or a healthy trea
Optional: Top with coconut flakes, nuts, cacao nibs or seeds.
Sauteed Apples and Variations
Cooking apples will fill your house with a delicious aroma! Use different varieties of apples to fully enjoy the Fall Harvest. Make a batch and store in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- Core and dice 3-5 apples (or more) depending on the size.
- In a sautee pan, add 1 tsp of ghee (clarified butter) or coconut oil
- Add: Chopped apples and sautee 3-5 minutes
- Add: 1 teaspoon of cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice) continue to sautee for another minute
- Add 2 tablespoons water, lower heat and cover for five to ten minutes. The longer you cook the apples the softer they will become.
Use the apples in many delicious ways:
- Enjoy on their own
- Top with a drizzle of coconut butter or nut butter
- Add to oatmeal
- Apple Pie Smoothie: Blend ½ cup cooked apples with 1 cup coconut or almond milk, one quarter to one half avocado and protein powder.