Fall is wonderful for so many different reasons, but I especially love the seasonal recipes the fall brings. From sweet potatoes and apples to mulling spices, the fall is an opportunity to create your new favorite recipes for your family! Why is cooking important? Cooking allows you to control the ingredients in your food, and usually you do not add preservatives that will keep your food spoil free for months. Besides, these wonderful foods are so savory, they don’t hang around long anyway!

Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin A and are much lower in sugar than a white potato!

Roasted Sweet Potato

3-4 sweet potato

1/4 cup avocado oil

1/2 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary

1 teaspoon himalayan sea salt

1/4 walnuts (optional)

Preheat oven to 350

Loosely peel (leave some skin on) sweet potatoes and then cut into cubes

Toss in bowl with 1 rosemary, sea salt and avocado oil. If you want more complex flavors and increased omega 3’s, add in walnuts!

Place in a roasting pan and roast until tender and crisp on the edges (about 25 minutes depending on the size of your cube)

What is a processed food?

People often ask me if they could focus on one habit to get healthier what should it be?  There are a few in the top 5 depending on the individual asking, but avoiding processed foods is usually a pretty inclusive umbrella.  What is processed now becomes the question.  Processed foods are anything that have undergone a process, manufacturing or usually seen the inside of a factory.  By this definition, kale that has been picked, brought into the factory to be rinsed, sanitized, chopped and packaged is processed, but clearly not AS processed as a hot dog, not even close. So, what good does it do to tell everyone to avoid processed foods? As a rule of thumb, eating foods that have been touched by as few people as possible is the way to go, and usually each step in a process will involve another person, so the less steps the better.  Eating foods close to their natural state is also usually a good rule to follow.  Cooking foods makes certain foods more sanitary, chewable, digestible and in some cases makes the nutrients more available and absorbable, so we like cooking as a process.

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