Hey Friend, Hey!
It’s September! The beautiful transition of summer to fall has slowly started and it’s time to anti-up on my goal of posting a monthly seasonal fruit and vegetable produce guide for increasing seasonal eating opportunities for both your goals and for my goals as well. C’mon sis, we can do it!
MY BEACH CHALLENGE
As you may or may not know, I’m still coming down from an endorphin, dopamine, and serotonin high from hosting my 2nd semi-annual Glow Method 21 “Beach Glow” retreat! The turnout was amazing, the food was delicious, and the group energy was electric. We did a beautiful and fun 5-minute workout, an energy cleansing ceremony, and last but not least we talked about seasonal foods for September!
SEPTEMBER SEASONAL FRUIT + VEGETABLE PRODUCE LIST
To make it super easy, I have included a short hand list of September Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Produce, and of course; I wanted to differentiate which fruits and vegetables are considered Lectin free. By way of sharing information Lectins are considered to be a protein based component of food that can cause increased inflammation for gut biome (bacteria) causing chronic health risks including Diabetes, PCOS, High Blood Pressure, Migraines, Increased Cancer Cell development, Skin Disorders, and (IBS/ GERD) Digestion Issues.
The big idea being, with reduction of lectins; your gut biome/ bacteria become energized, happy, functional, and productive to improve your overall health outcomes. Eating fruits and vegetables in-season should ultimately reduce the lectin ratio in the foods you consume. To learn more about lectin free nutrition please read The Plant Paradox, Dr. Gundry can tell you everything you need to know about Lectin Free Nutrition.
10 BENEFITS OF EATING LOCAL, SEASONAL, + ORGANIC
1. Higher nutritional density/ value
2. Higher taste quality/ value
3. Reduces inflammation
4. Increased health and immunity
5. Supporting local economy
6. Improved community health .
7. Access to local farmers and produce info
8. Cost effective
9. Less likely to have pesticides or preservatives
10. Seasonal foods have a higher likelihood to provide the nutritional value you need in alignment with the environmental factors of the season!!! Eating seasonal is medicine for your health!
September Seasonal Recipes
Being a Holistic Nutritionist and all I plan to add some September Seasonal Recipes for everyone to try out but in the mean time I thought I would share nutritionist approved recipes to get you started. Below I have included fast and simple, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack options that are September Seasonal friendly!
September Seasonal Breakfast + Snack Recipes:
Sliced Apples with Almond Butter
September Seasonal Lunch + Dinner Recipes:
Sweet Potato Fries and Guacamole
Savory Sweet Potato Casserole (My Very Own Recipe!)
4 Medium Sweet Potatoes
1 Large Box of Pre-washed Spinach
4 C. Raw Sliced Mushrooms
1 White Onion
2 Tbsp. Minced Garlic
2 C. Almond Alfredo Sauce
*Salt + Pepper to Taste
Cut sweet potatoes into slim ¼-inch thick discs and set aside. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Pan sauté mushrooms add salt and pepper to taste and set aside. Sauté spinach with onion and garlic; add salt and pepper to taste. Use a medium sized casserole dish. Spray casserole dish with non-stick olive oil spray. Layer ½ C. Almond Alfredo sauce on bottom of pan. Next layer Sweet Potatoes, spinach and mushrooms on top. Repeat for a second layer (Almond Alfredo, sweet potatoes, spinach and mushrooms (leave a1/2 cup of spinach and mushrooms for the top of the casserole). The final layer of the casserole should be sweet potatoes, Almond Alfredo and then sprinkle remaining spinach and mushrooms on top. Cover with aluminum foil while baking. Bake casserole for 20-30 Minutes or until the sweet potatoes are tender. Enjoy!
Almond Alfredo Sauce
2 C. Almonds (blanched)
1¼ C. Veggie broth
¼ C. Nutritional yeast
1 Tsp. Dijon Mustard
1/8 C. Italian herb seasoning blend
2 Cloves of garlic
1 Tsp. Sea salt
Soak almonds 1-2 hours in hot water. Add all ingredients together in a blender and puree the mixture for 2-3 minutes. The texture of the sauce should creamy not grainy. Add additional salt, pepper and other spices to change the flavors (wasabi, chili paste, pesto, or chipotle peppers). Store in fridge 5-7 days.
Watch My Video Below for More September Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Information
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