Good medicine is in all forms- real medication, the occasional strong drink, a good massage, finishing a project, and good food. The season has changed and so what produce is in season has also changed, and I thought I would share some of these fall super foods for a super you!
Pumpkin– Excellent source of vitamin A and potassium, good source of copper, vitamin C, and folic acid. Celebrate the pumpkin and don’t feel guilty about making pumpkin everything this fall and winter! That’s exactly what I’ve been doing this past week because I bought the BIG can of pumpkin. I had no choice! That was all they had, unless you count the can of pumpkin pie mix, which I think is cheating. Make the real pie!
Pumpkin waffles (cut half of the butter), pumpkin pie overnight oats, and pumpkin pie protein smoothie all came from that same can of pumpkin. And it’s still not gone, but I still need to work on thate smoothie because there is something not pie enough about it.
Cranberries– Good source of vitamin C and potassium. They are really good for digestion and blood circulation. After a crazy weekend, I like to get these into a smoothie to help with bloating and having a #2.
Brussel Sprouts– Excellent source of vitamin C, folic acid, and potassium, good source of iron, thiamine, magnesium and vitamin A. They can also help prevent and stop tumor growth- that’s pretty super.
Sweet Potatoes-Excellent source of vitamin A and potassium, good source of vitamins C, B6, and riboflavin. They’re really good baked with some butter, honey, and cinnamon! I love the sweet tater, but a regular potato with moderate amounts of whatever you like to top it with is good too!
Leeks– Excellent source of folic acid, potassium, and iron, good source of calcium and magnesium. These will do your digestive system a favor and act as an anti-inflammatory agent for the rest of your body. They are really good for flavoring ham dishes and soups and can replace a shallot in recipes, which is good because I usually cannot find a shallots.
Like I said, good medicine is in all forms. I try to find it all over! Last week, breaking my weekly posting streak was good medicine because of what I did instead- I took a nap, went for a 20 mile bike ride, and let Matt buy me dinner. Other sources of good medicine over the past two weeks for me were:
Celebrating the babies of friends! One is on the way, and the other is here and smiling and letting me hold her long enough to satisfy my baby itch. Seeing friends is also always good medicine.
My counseling session last Tuesday. It’s good to realize how far you’ve come when on a journey. Also, I don’t care who you are or what your deal is- counseling is helping yourself and it’s good for everyone. Everyone has room for improvement in life.
On Wednesday my advanced food prep class made a meal and it was awesome. On the second try, two of us got these baked churros to come out and people were loving them!
If I focus on the good that happens during my days, it makes looking ahead so much brighter! There will always be more good, and some bad or less desirable on the side.
Speaking of looking ahead, I will be changing gears soon and trading in my hospital kitchen for the public schools of Parma, Ohio. I’m so looking forward to the change! I think the schools will be fun and I’m hoping to have more to share on my internship.
What was good medicine for you these past weeks?
Have you held a tiny baby lately or eaten a superfood?