In the summer, most of us are enjoying fresh fruits and vegetables from all the booming farmers markets in our area, especially the fruit. When fall rolls around, not only is the season changing, but the produce is as well. Knowing what’s in season is key, but also organizing your kitchen and preparing your kitchen for the fall season is helpful.
Here are my top 5 tips on how to prepare your kitchen for fall:
Get glass mason jars with airtight lids. Not only can you use these for drinking Chia Fresca, your favorite juice, or smoothie out of, but you can also use these for canning delicious summer fruits and veggies. Check out some of my favorite tools here.
Load up on beans and grains. Beans, legumes, and grains are great ways to add heartiness to any dish by adding complex carbohydrates and fiber. These items are also great to have in your pantry for making dishes that can last you the entire week ahead! See these recipe inspirations here, here, and here!
Loose-leaf tea holder. If you’re not a tea drinker now, befriend tea for the fall and winter seasons. It’s a great way to hydrate, keep you warm, and depending on the type of tea will increase the overall antioxidants in your diet (my favorites are rooibos and green tea).
Frozen isle. I’m not referencing frozen ready made meals or TV dinners here, frozen goods like vegetables and fruits are great for the fall. When choosing a frozen vegetable or fruit, look for that ingredient as the sol ingredient (no added sugar, salt, seasonings, butter, etc. are needed!)
Batch cook. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, meal planning is a vital way to not only keep on track with your health and wellness goals, but to also prepare your meals ahead of time for your busy weeks. Many of us have a different momentum with fall, whether it’s having your kids in school again, starting classes for the first time, or starting a new project. Cooking ahead of time will help you in the long run! Check out my Meal Planning 101 guide, Healthy Snack ideas tip sheet, and the Healthy Holidays guide to keep you on track this fall.
I hope these tips help you transition into the cooler months where summer fruits and veggies aren’t as prevalent. Continue to enjoy what the season has to offer, especially root veggies, dark leafy greens, and hearty beans/grains. If you’re curious to see what’s in season this fall, be sure to check out my Fall Produce Guide.
McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN is an internationally known dietitian/nutritionist and the creator of Nutrition Stripped, a plant-centric whole foods lifestyle and blog. McKel shares nourishing and delicious recipes weekly while inspiring her readers to take their health to the next level. McKel coaches privately with women all over the world bringing them to optimal wellness with her nutrition lifestyle protocol, support, and expertise.