Summer is beginning to show signs of fall approaching, and the farmers markets are starting to display the autumn harvest. The change to colder months is a great opportunity to alter the way we eat. Turning our focus to cleansing seasonal foods can increase our energy, improve our digestion, and prepare our body for the winter.
A cleanse can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, and it isn’t necessary to fast. Just simplify our meals by incorporating more seasonal produce is another effective method. While not a traditional cleanse, consuming these foods will still have the benefits, without some of the drawbacks that fasting can have.
Apples: This anti-oxidant abundant fruit helps to reduce inflammation, and is linked to good heart and lung health. Apples make for a perfect on the go snack, or can easily be made into apple sauce as well. Of course adding cinnamon is a must.
Brussels sprouts: High in fiber and vitamin C, this cruciferous vegetable can help to lower cholesterol levels, and contains phytonutrients associated with cancer prevention. These sprouts can be steamed, roasted, or sautéed. Each option presents its own opportunity to enhance the flavor with oils, herbs, or onions and garlic.
Onions: This round vegetable provides anti-inflammatory benefits, and protects cells from oxidative stress. It can help lower the risk of colorectal, laryngeal, and ovarian cancers as well. Add raw onions to salads, saute to combine with almost any dish, or add to soups or stews.
Sweet potatoes: Despite their sweet flavor, these tubers actually help to balance blood sugar. They are also a good source of beta-carotene, as well as vitamins B6, C, and D. They are great baked, and make a nice addition to soups and stews.
Winter Squash: These gourds are rich with fiber, which is good for digestion as well as heart health. They also contain cell-protective antioxidants, including beta-carotene and vitamin C. Squash also makes a perfect soup or stew staple, and is great roasted-especially when sweetened with real Canadian Maple Syrup!
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