Do you have a favorite time of the year?
For many it’s the fall–the transition to cooler weather and blustery, windy and sometimes wet days. If we pay attention, we can feel a shift in the energies around us as the trees lose their leaves, animals burrow underground and our attention turns towards indoor interests and activities.
One of my favorite things to do in October, is to turn to comforting foods and the aromas they bring. I especially love to bake as it keeps me grounded, focused on home and family, and the feeling of nesting–just like the squirrels are doing as they bury their acorns in my lawn!
While I love baked goods, I also keep my health in mind so have created recipes to bring the comfort of the fall into my home, while also being mindful of the nutritional benefits.
Every bite we take can contribute to our health, or hinder it, and I want to share two recipes help to make us feel satisfied and while not compromising on our food quality. This is especially important as we head into the holidays and the overabundance of tempting foods and libations!
Aromas of the fall include spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves which all having amazing health benefits. Think pumpkin pie spices!
- Cinnamon is a natural sweetener and also helps regulate your blood sugar.
- Cloves are packed with anti-oxidants which help fight free radicals responsible for cancer.
- Nutmeg is a natural anti-inflammatory, high antioxidant spice that promotes anti-aging and is considered to boost your mood and libido (ooh-la-la)!
Even setting health benefits aside, there’s nothing better than an aromatic, comforting muffin or hot beverage in the fall.
Here are two of my favorite recipes for you to enjoy to keep you comforted in the coming months:
You can make large batches of either of these recipes and refrigerate or freeze. Just another tool for your nutritional tool box.
From my heart to yours <3