Enjoying the Fall Bounty

photo credit: www.farmfoodieandfitness.comAs the seasons change new fruits and vegetables come into play. Going to the local farmers market is always exciting and so much fun for my family and I. My three-year old asks every week if it’s farmers market day just so she can pick out her pasture raised eggs, fresh kale, golden beets, of course she hits up the home-baked good table, and most times she cons the local farmers into giving her a few flowers for her room. (At 3 she already knows how to flirt her way into getting what she wants-I may be in trouble in the years ahead)  🙂

Now that fall is full swing and the more familiar vegetables of summer are gone. She will often ask “What is this?” or “Can we try to cook this at home?” I love that she gets so excited about her veggies! Even my husband this past weekend went to Wegman’s with me for our first time experience together. He bounded around the store, snatching up celery root, Italian black
truffles, burdock root, and even asking about romanesco. Often my clients ask about different vegetables and how to prepare them. So here’s a little mini guide to all the yummy fall produce.

  • Romanesco- A broccoli and cauliflower hybrid- Great for steaming, mashing like potatoes, add it to dips, salads, soups, even saute it. Great way to get your greens in if you don’t like broccoli and great for the kids!
  • Sweet Potatoes- We all know what these are. But have you ever eaten one for breakfast. Guaranteed to keep you feeling full longer. Just bake it, cut it open add some walnuts or almonds, rolled oats, olive oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Healthy, hearty, and a great source of vitamins and fiber.
  • Greens- Tis the season for these guys! And there are so many we don’t know where to start! Kale, collards, watercress, Swiss chard, spinach, mustard greens, cabbage, and bok choy. So good for you and so many ways to prepare them. Make raw kale slaw, saute spinach with tomatoes, watercress-add to salads for a peppery bite, bok choy is prefect for stir fry, and cabbage is great for soups, steamed, even raw.
  • Root Vegetables- These are some of my favorites! Beets, turnips, radishes, burdock root, celery root, parsnips, carrots, Brussel sprouts, and rutabagas. Mix them together and roast them with fresh herbs, add them to soups, salads, burdock root is great for asian dishes, Brussel sprouts so good sautéed with sea salt, ground pepper and olive oil.
  • Mushrooms- Love these because of they’re wide variety of tastes! Mushrooms are huge cancer fighters too so include them into as many meals as you can. Oysters, portabellas, creminis, morels, hen of the woods, shiitake, and truffles.
  • Fruits- This time of year is great for fruits and even better the more exotic fruits! Pomegranates, blood oranges, clementines, Meyer lemons, pears, apples, grapes, and of course cranberries. All these can be eaten alone, added to salads for color and sweetness, desserts,  breakfast, even incorporate them into side dishes for dinner!

Hope this little guide helps on your next trip to the grocery store or farmers market. Enjoy and reap the benefits from the fall bounty.

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About Farm, Foodie and Fitness

Kelly Roberts is a Healthy Living Advocate. She is the owner and CEO of Beach Pilates and Wellness and Farm Foodie Fitness. She is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and received her training from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Fueled by passion, she founded her holistic health practice, Farm Foodie Fitness. She educates and teaches her clients and the community the life changing benefits of nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. Her practice consists of corporate and private clients from all across the country. Kelly is also the owner of Pilates on the Beach in Ocean City, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware. She offers classes out on the beach for locals and visitors from May to September. She is a Certified Pilates instructor by world renowned Body Arts and Science International. BASI Pilates ®. For the past ten years, she has specialized in Pre and Post-Natal, athletes, rehabilitation, and clients with chronic illness. Kelly also offers private one-on-one sessions, as well as semi-private sessions. Kelly first discovered Pilates twelve years ago after a serious car accident left her with debilitating back and neck pain. She incorporates the Pilates method into her teaching and daily practice to maintain movement, a healthy lifestyle, and to live pain free. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Salisbury University with a concentration in Mass Media. Her passion for nutrition and food lead her to Alissa Cohen, where she studied to become a Certified Raw Chef. She enjoys incorporating raw foods into her diet and sharing her knowledge with her clients, friends, and family. She offers private and group cooking classes, food demos, and has also been a private chef to a number of families. Also a Certified Master Gardener, she understands the importance of fresh, local foods, and knowing where your food comes from. Kelly offers gardening knowledge, advice, and hands on training through community gardens. She also teaches elementary children the benefits of nutrition and how growing your own food through edible school yards. Kelly is also a published author; her fiction novel, "The Road to Chianti" and her summer and winter cookbooks, "Farm Foodie Fitness Homegrown.” She has been featured in Mind Body Green, Charleston Home Magazine, and many other publications. Kelly recently released her first fitness DVD "Beach Pilates and Wellness, Pilates Mat Workout." She also has a successful health, nutrition, fitness, and organic gardening blog. Make sure to check it out! www.farmfoodieandfitness.com. When Kelly is not running businesses she's chasing her two little ones. Contact Kelly to book seminars, demonstrations, book signings, or speaking engagements.

7 thoughts on “Enjoying the Fall Bounty

    • Awww Ellie! You are a fresh of breath air! I love food and that’s what I get excited about! I think I’m the only person that could live in a Whole Foods or Wegmans and simply be happy forever! 🙂 Toast to you for all your support and love sweet friend!

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