Food: now there’s a subject I can get behind. I love to eat! Obviously, if you read my post yesterday about how food is like a mullet (but wasn’t). Cynthia from You Signed Up for What?, Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, and Mar from Mar on the Run, chose 5 favorite Fall foods for today’s Friday 5 linkup.
I do try to eat healthy much of the time, and that means I can’t eat nearly as much as I’d like to — not enough sweets, not enough carbs, not enough eating out, not enough food in general. Sucks to be 50+ and 5’1″.
That doesn’t mean I totally deprive myself, either (although I rarely indulge the way I did before/after my half). Without further ado, let’s get to the food.
I have always adored apples. I loved going apple picking as a kid, and eating an apple fresh from the tree. Alas, as an adult, I’m a bit too afriad of the bees. In fact, I didn’t finish that apple crisp slice I shared with my husband last week because a bee wanted it.
I eat just a plain ole apple most days. Sometimes with nut butter, sometimes with nut butter and a little granola, sometimes baked, sometimes in a smoothie, sometimes as a healthy apple crisp.
Pumpkins may technically be a fruit (anything with a seed is, and that includes avocadoes, for instance, and tomatoes — did you know that?), but I still lump it in with veggies. Who doesn’t love a slice of
veggie pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving?
But pumpkin has sooooo many uses, as anyone who reads food blogs in the Fall will discover: pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin pie, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin chia pudding . . . I’m channeling some Bubba Gump here except pumpkin, not shrimp.
Let’s not forget the other squash. Actually, I suppose all fall squashes are pretty good, even though I’m not a fan of Acorn squash. Butternut Squash is technically a fruit, too, since it has seeds. One clue that butternut squash is also a fruit: it’s sweet like fruit!
I tend to cycle low carb/higher carb days — no counting, but on days I’m less active, I’ll eat more Paleo-ish and on days I run (or do some other form of cardio), I’ll have more carbs. So on my less active days, I love some butternut fries (roasted butternut) instead of my beloved sweet potato fries with dinner.
Butternut is another very versatile food: throw it in stews/chilis, roast it, make soup, and so on.
Can hot chocolate really be classified as a food? It is to me! I’ve been known to make my husband take the back way home from my parents so we can stop at the chocolate store and I can get a hot chocolate.
You know how runners love their chocolate milk for recovery after a run? In the winter I love hot chocolate. Hey, it’s chocolate, and it’s milk, only it’s hot, right? Works for me. Throw in some mini marshmallows and some PB2 and you’ve got yourself a great recovery drink.
Agree with my list? What would you add?