When a chill comes drifting through the air and the golden shadowed light of fall shines upon us, it’s time to start switching gears and ‘warming’ up our foods for the season ahead.

The colors of fall.

The seasonal wheel of color shows an intensely warming display of deep oranges, reds, greens, and purples all playing a prominent role. You can see these colors in foods like pumpkins, persimmons, pomegranates, apples, and grapes, along with the deep purple and dark green kales. These foods are all packed with dense nutrition like carotenoids, lutein, vitamin C, vitamin E and so much more to fuel your body and keep you healthy for the season ahead.

The smells of fall.

Spice filled air warmed with the scents of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, star anise, and clove delight our senses. These not only smell and taste great, but pack a big dose of health saving polyphenols that help lesson inflammation in our bodies. Candles, fires, potpourri’s, sweet treats, and savory meals all enjoy the perfumes they lend.

The tastes of fall.

Now bringing it all together is the fun part! Earthy root vegetables pulled up for roasting or simmering in a hearty spiced soup can combine in a meal filled with pumpkin ravioli dressed in a brown butter sauce or maybe a rustic Swiss chard lasagna. Desserts like cinnamon baked apples, pumpkin pie, or spice cake fill our sweet soul’s desire. Getting hungry yet? The combinations are endless and the satisfaction from eating them can be so deeply nourishing on so many levels.

It’s time to start planning the fall menus. Go out and perhaps make your final visits to your favorite outdoor markets for the year. Maybe trying something new? Go ahead, buy the big squash if you’ve never tried one. Get inspired. It’s hard to go wrong with the delicious and beautiful choices available.

Get cooking and start eating! Maybe you can bathe in the warmth of a crackling fire and let your senses play while enjoying the seasonal rhythm of the world we’re in. Yes, things are coming inside and cozying up for the fall. Enjoy the bounty!