FOODS TO ENJOY AS WE HEAD INTO AUTUMN!

It’s still quite nice and warm during the days, but it is getting cooler overnight. During this time and during the transition to autumn, it is best to eat less salads and cooling foods in general. Think about something like a chicken or pork bone broth soup, it can still be fresh and light, but nourishing and easily digested at the same time. To give it an extra kick you might even think about adding some Chinese herbs like angelica (Dang Gui) or astragalus (Huang Qi) both of these can be sourced from your local Chinese supermarket & will help you build immunity heading toward the colder months, 15-20g of each in a large pot of soup is all you need and it will add a slight depth of taste to the dish.

(NOTE: a story for another day – however tonifying herbs are never used when we catch a cold or flu as we don’t want to strengthen the pathogen as this may make it last longer ! We strengthen deficient bodies when relatively healthy to prevent catching anything. In contrast to the western notion of a Chicken tonic soup, in the east the focus would be a vegetable soup using spicy and pungent herbs like ginger, pepper and spring onion to induce sweating to pass the pathogen through the pores (except for when there is a fever.))

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Autumn is typically a drier timer of year, so adding some vegetables, which have yin strengthening properties such as celery, or asparagus would make a perfect addition. Here is a list of foods, which are in season during the autumn months, you don’t need to have them all, but simply make a conscious effort to incorporate more of them into your cooking!

almonds
apples
apricot
asparagus
banana
black pepper
brocolli
cabbage
cardamon
celery
chilli
cinnamon
cucumber
eggs
garlic
ginger
grapefruit
grapes
leeks
lemons
limes
miso
mustrard greens
navy beans
olives
onion
pear
pickles
plums
radish
rice
sauerkraut
soy beans
sweet potato
vinegar
walnuts

Enjoy cooking & eating!!