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Conscious Living: Fall Superfoods

Autumn provides an excuse to get up early and head to your neighborhood farmer’s market (everyone knows the best picks are right at opening) for fresh, seasonal foods.  So put down the pumpkin spice latte and instead, pick up one of fall’s superfoods to incorporate into recipes, cocktails or to just plain snack on.

This fruit is typically enjoyed year-round, but fall is the best time to get a crisp, juicy apple. All apples lack fat, sodium and cholesterol, which make them ideal for snacking.  To create a meal, dice an apple and add it to your morning oatmeal or greek yogurt with a dash of cinnamon.

Pumpkin + Butternut Squash
A pumpkin spice latte (they’re back!) may sound delicious, but rarely can healthy pumpkin puree be found in any enjoyable treat.  It’s not all bad though as the puree of pumpkin or butternut squash adds vitamins and fiber to any dish. Check out this butternut squash recipe for how to make a simple puree – enjoy it on its own or add as a garnish or filling to dishes like baked chicken or tarts.

Sweet Potatoes
Step away from the marshmallows and butter and add sweet potatoes to your repertoire of fall meals. Packed with potassium, fiber and vitamins, these potatoes are easy to include in many different dishes, including chili. You can check out one of our favorite sweet potato chili recipes here.

Concord Grapes
A true harbinger of fall, concord grapes are harvested in September through late October and offer many nutritious advantages including being anti-inflammatory.  They make an ideal jam that can be used as holiday gifts. See how to make a fun and easy concord grape jam recipe here.

Ready to dive in in the kitchen? Some of our favorite Instagram foodies are sharing their recipes here. If you aren’t the home chef aficionado, join us at our restaurants in Chicago and Soho for some seasonal favorites including roasted chicken and autumn harvest tarts.

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