Crisp, chilly autumn days are filled with apple picking, pumpkin patches and leaves crunching under our feet. With the turn of the season, it’s also time to craft meals inspired by the fresh and bountiful fall harvest season.
Food fuels our bodies, so it’s important to enjoy well-balanced meals. And one way to ensure proper nutrition is to base your grocery list on what produce is in season. At Springpoint, we’ve compiled this list of produce and recipes from our communities featuring some of the best fall foods for health and taste.
Pumpkins – What’s fall without celebrating this staple? Along with carving on Halloween, pumpkins are versatile and can be incorporated into recipes for delicious breads, stew, pasta and more. Besides being packed with vitamins and minerals, pumpkin is also relatively low in calories and may boost your immunity.
Mushrooms – Mushrooms offer an earthy flavor, making it perfect for warm, cozy fall dinners. Plus, they pack a serious punch in terms of nutritional value. They contribute to a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy and overall lower weight. Simply sauté them for a delicious side or add them to a soup for a heartier meal.
Cranberries – Cranberries are a super food that’s low in calories and high in vitamins C, A and K. This major player in fall meals can be served as cranberry sauce, in drinks or dried and later added to stuffing or casseroles.
Brussels Sprouts – Brussels sprouts may get a bad rap, but when prepared the right way, this fall vegetable is tasty and filling. Not only are they high in vitamins and minerals, but the added health benefits include the potential to reduce the risk of cancer, decrease inflammation and improve blood sugar control.
Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Bisque – This dish is brought to you by the chefs at The Oaks at Denville. This warm, delicious bisque offers a creamy blend of two fall signatures: winter squash and apple. Plus, this soup offers nutritional benefits. Butternut squash is filled with vitamins A and C, and apples are rich in antioxidants. The nutrients and antioxidants may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.
Stuffed Chicken with Apple, Fig and Cranberry Stuffing – This dish is brought to you by the chefs at Stonebridge at Montgomery. You’ll experience three fruits that bring out the taste of fall in this hearty dinner entree: apples, figs and cranberries. Apples are rich in antioxidants that may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease. And cranberries are a super food that is low in calories and high in vitamins C, A and K.
At all of our Springpoint communities, the freshest ingredients are used in each dish. We focus our menus based on what’s in season, so nutrition and quality truly make our food stand apart. We’d love for you to join us for a meal – find a community near you and contact us to schedule your personal tour.