Fall is by far my FAVORITE time of the year! I love the crisp, cool air, the delicious fall harvest, football and the beautiful autumn colors.

 

But Fall is also a time for colds and stuffy, runny noses that you might experience with the changing weather. To tame off the colds I’m giving you 3 tips for a healthy, happy fall!

 

Tip #1 – Dial in Your Diet

Fall is the perfect time for a cleanse. Now, I’m not talking about a fast or raw food, juice cleanse. Nope, this is not the time of year for a cleanse like that. To help your body get in tune with the season it needs a bit of help. Get your blood sugar regulated and insulin levels steady for a healthy start to autumn.

Emphasize warm, cooked foods. Salads are wonderful but when it gets cool outside you need to eat more warming foods. Casseroles, soups, stews and roasted vegetables are a must during this time of year. Make sure you’re cooking with whole foods – stray away from the boxed, processed and canned foods – homemade is always better! Check out my Rustic Sweet Potato & Chard Stew below – perfect for fall!

Sip on warm water throughout the day and drink spiced, herbal teas (avoid caffeinated).

 

Tip #2 – Get Moving!

It’s chilly outside and what better way to warm up than to move around. Create some internal heat with yoga, pilates or a nice jog.

 

Tip #3 – Breathe!

It feels amazing outside, yes? Well, get out there! Breathe in the cool, crisp air – go to a sporting event (football, anyone?) rake the leafs, enjoy this time of year. We’re all hustle and bustle these days so slow down to enjoy the moment, take a deep breath and relax a little – you deserve it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

What better way to savor autumns harvest than with a warm, inviting bowl of stew? Try my Rustic Sweet Potato & Chard Stew for a deliciously sweet and satisfying meal.

 

It’s low-glycemic with tons of flavor and good-for-you nutrients.  Loaded with beta-carotene, vitamin K, iron and calcium; swiss chard gives this stew beautiful color and texture. The sweet creaminess from the sweet potatoes makes this stew warm and comforting – perfect for a cool fall evening – while the chickpeas give it a punch of protein and heartiness.

 

Not only is this delicious – it’s incredibly simple, too!

 

Ingredients

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 1 bunch swiss chard, chopped and parboiled
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 32 oz box chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1-2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • olive oil
  • S&P to taste

Method

  1. Parboil swiss chard: Rinse and chop chard, removing tough stems. Add to a pot of boiling, salted water. Boil for 3-4 minutes. Transfer chard to a bowl of ice water to cool. Rinse and squeeze liquid from chard. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, prep onion and sweet potatoes.
  3. Add 1-2 Tbsp olive oil to a large pot on medium heat then toss in onions. Cook for 5-8 minutes or until translucent.
  4. Add remaining ingredients, except for chard, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender.
  5.  Add chard and simmer for 1 minute. Remove from heat, serve and enjoy!

 

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