It’s that time of year again. The daylight disappears, quicker than a HiFi bar at a Slimming World meeting and the dark nights seem to drag on forever. Lack of Vitamin D leads to reclusive behaviour–Hibernating ourselves in duvet dens, armed with tubs of Ben and Jerrys and a Netflix subscription.
By time spring comes back around, we can safely expect a large amount of weight gain.
That’s why It’s so important to try and maintain some healthy habits. Don’t let the “Autumn” blues get you down.
I’ve listed my top 3 Autumn Appetisers to ensure you won’t go hungry this season. You can expect plenty of orangey Autumn tones….
Breanne MHC’s Top Autumn Appetisers
Last photo of the awesome little carrots, I promise! Roasted with EVOO from #thespartantable, thyme, and plated on a saucer by ceramicist Annette Gates. #healthyfoods #healthyeatinghabits #veggiesgalore #firstgarden #vegetablelove #farmfood #onthefarm #fromthegarden #roastedcarrots #thyme #greekoliveoil #thespartantable #goodfoods #eatingcleanfood #cookingwithherbs #culinarylife #foodporno
Not just an Autumn food, however throughout summer Carrots are more likely to be seen in a crunchy summer salad than roasted in the oven. Although carb content can be high, so you shouldn’t eat tonnes, Roasted carrots are a brilliant healthy snack. They are easy to make, and a great replacement to popcorn and crisps.
Sure, you could always eat a few carrot sticks. less effort. less time. but seriously, that extra 20 minutes or so of roasting brings out so many flavours–There’s really no need to eat boring, dull carrot sticks again.
And did I mention they make a perfect Autumn snack?
@thepioneerwoman absolutely deserves an award here at the #FraleyHousehold. No recipe of hers has failed our tastebuds so far. #RoastedCarrotsWithVinaigrette with Steaks + Baked Potatoes for a #FridayNightDinner. Recipe– http://tinyurl.com/zgucw5q #DateNight #RoastedCarrots #ThePioneerWomanIsAmazing #TheFraleyKitchen
Pure Wow has a beautiful looking roasted carrot recipe for you to check out today!
Squash is everywhere right now. A brilliant source of fibre, vitamins and macronutrients. Tasty and delicious, yet an absolute nightmare to peel. If you’ve ever tried to peel a butternut squash, you will feel my pain. In fact, many people are completely put off cooking with them due to their impenetrable skin. Which is why there is such a market for pre-cut butternut squash,
Build-a-Bowl 👍👍 This is such a great versatile recipe from week 4 lunch in the #28dayjumpstart. For mine I used tempeh for both the protein and carb, and my veggies were butternut squash, asparagus and cauliflower. I roasted all of those together with a little olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Once they were finished cooking (about 20 mins at 400*F) I added them to a bed of baby spinach and topped with some feta cheese. It was so tasty and savory! 💕🍠🍃 I know my posts have been a little short lately, I've been sick this week, away for work and figuring out some of the final details of my wedding which is less than 3 weeks away (😱), so my life is a little crazy. Still trying to stay on track with my eating though!! 💕 #fitgirlsguide #fitkinibodychallenge #28dayjumpstart #healthyeating #healthyoptions #butternutsquash #asparagus #cauliflower #spinach #feta #buildabowl #roastedveggies #fallfood #cheesy #tasty #fitfood #healthy #fitness #fuel #food #eatyourveggies #nomnomnom
however, if you want to save a bit of money the masters of the internet came up with a solution:
- Poke hole’s in your squash with a fork
- Cut off the top and the bottom of the squash
- Microwave for 3-4 minutes
- Let it cool
- Peel back the skin–It’s easier than peeling a banana
Check out these Butternut squash fries from My Fussy Eater for a real Autumn treat.
Every Autumn there’s a “brand new” pumpkin flavoured item on the market. Pumpkin latte’s, pumpkin pie’s, pumpkin soups. Especially in October, I start to lose sight of what the word pumpkin even is as I hear/see it so much.
There was one Pumpkin recipe that stood out to me. Being a MASSIVE cheesecake lover, how could I resist a pumpkin cheesecake. Cheesecakes aren’t normally healthy, I know, however with a few tweaks it doesn’t have to be so bad…
It’s not all doom and gloom
Autumn doesn’t have to be filled with Halloween trick or treat sweets and comfort foods. I know it’s a pretty gloomy season, what with all the ghosts and ghouls around and it’s understandable you want to hibernate in an adult cave, who am I to say that’s wrong–because it totally isn’t!
But, don’t let the bad weather and lack of sunlight get you down. Remember there’s plenty to do in Autumn & plenty to explore, check out these Autumn Adventures and see what you can get up too.