Prepare for the Fall Season With These 5 Flavors

What is it about fall that’s so appealing? Could it be that much like spring, the weather’s just right? Or, is it because the harvest season allows us to finally indulge in some much needed guilty pleasure after an excruciating summer?

Turns out, there really is a scientifically valid reason as to why we look forward to fall. Kathryn Lively, professor of sociology at Dartmouth College told the Huffington Post that our obsession with seasons is a social construct that starts when we were kids.

Say’s Lively…“We’re conditioned from a very early age that the autumn comes with all these exciting things. As children, we come to associate fall with going back to school, new school supplies, seeing friends. It’s exciting, for most. We still respond to this pattern that we experienced for eighteen years.”

So that solves the mystery of why we are so fond of fall. But to make the coming season even more special, here are 5 flavors that can add some zest to your festive spirit!

Cinnamon Apple

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Pumpkins aren’t the only thing that can make the autumn season better. You can also find some of the crispest and most delicious apples coming to your local grocery, so give them a swing! Easy to cook, this apple cinnamon recipe are perfect as a stand-alone dessert, or can be used with pies, pancakes etc, too.

Check out this cinnamon apple recipe.

Cranberry

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The humble bounce berries already have a reputation for being choke full of nutrients and can be found abundantly during autumn. Cranberries can be added raw or cooked to be made more palpable. There are quite a number of ways you can use these to add flavor to your fall foods. Use them with salads or mix them up with apples, oranges. If they are too bitter raw, then consider adding some sugar.

The holiday favorite, cranberry sauce itself has a great many uses, too! Check out this article on alternative ways to use cranberry sauce.

Pomegranates

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Much like cranberry, pomegranates are loaded with nutritional goodness and taste great as well. The seed fruit is best known for two compounds – punicalagins that is known to result in three times the antioxidant activity of red wine or green tea, and punicic acid, a fatty acid of sorts. While it is always recommended that you eat pomegranates raw, they can just as easily be used as a flavor with a variety of different dishes. Pomegranate pairs well with citrus, cucumber, mint and apple, so go ahead and use them in your fall desserts!

Butternut Squash

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Ranking right up there with pumpkin, butternut squash is one versatile fall flavor! Butternut is low in fat and gives you a good dose of dietary fiber making it a great choice for the holiday season. It also has ample quantities of carotenoids that is known to ward of heart disease and is also rich in vitamin B6 and potassium. Eat it roasted, or use it with soups, pastas, salads or even mac and cheese!

Maple

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And last but not least, we have maple. You should already be reminiscing all those great fall treats that you can pour maple syrup on, but there’s a lot more that you can do here. Here are a few excellent maple recipes to try this fall.

What’s your favorite fall flavor? Go ahead and share your ideas with us in the comment below!