Topic: Seasonal | 7 post(s).
You know it’s fall when you start seeing “Pumpkin” everywhere, from lattes to pies, this crowd favorite is hard to miss. Whether you’re cooking with it or carving it, pumpkin is the perfect fall treat and here’s why we love it!
Thanks to their iconic bright orange color, pumpkins contain a large amount of beta-carotene, a precursor of Vitamin A and a naturally occurring antioxidant. According to health officials at the University of Illinois, current research has shown that a diet rich in foods containing beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing certain types of cancer as well as cardiovascular disease and aging. Pumpkin is also naturally low in calories and carbohydrates, and as it’s health benefits suggest, it is a great source of iron, potassium and vitamin A. One cup of pumpkin has nearly your whole daily value of vitamin A!
Not all pumpkin is created equal! Beware and be aware of pumpkin as an ingredient and pumpkin as a flavoring. Seasonal flavors are delicious and marketable but they are not necessarily healthy. Pumpkin flavorings are mostly chemicals with little to none of the health benefits of the actual produce. Avoid items that contain “natural and artificial flavors,” and instead look for ones that use actual pumpkin.
There’s a reason why pumpkin is so popular this time of year and that’s because it is in season. Seasonal foods are better to consume because they are more nutrient dense and have fewer food miles. Food miles, meaning how far it takes for your food to get to you, can affect how your food is processed and when it is harvested. You want produce that is picked at peak ripeness because it contains the highest amount of nutrients. So go ahead to your local pumpkin patch and get picking!
We are going to cave into the pumpkin craze because it doesn’t really feel like fall without some pumpkin in our lives. Are we right? These oats taste like pumpkin pie without the added sugar or guilt. This recipe is so comforting and it's insanely delicious. We know that once you try it, you will want to make it over and over!
¼ cups old-fashioned oats
1/3 cup macadamia milk (we used Milkadamia)*
¼ cup plain yogurt (we used Siggi’s nonfat skyr)
1 heaping spoon of pure pumpkin puree
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
3 dashes of cinnamon (the more, the better!)
1 tbsp. shredded coconut
1 tbsp. raisins
1 tbsp. almond butter (we used Solstice Canyon’s Cardamom flavor)
1 handful of blueberries
¼ cup Vintage granola
½ Persimmon, cubed
-Place all these ingredients into a mason jar and shake well.
-Place in the fridge overnight.
-In the morning, top with Vintage granola and additional fresh fruit of choice (we added persimmon to keep it very seasonal!)
*If you prefer a thicker consistency, add a bit less milk.
There are loads of packaged foods made with artificial ingredients and preservatives, making it difficult to find products that are made with real, simple ingredients. If you are looking to make a positive change to your diet, aiming to eat real foods (versus the processed stuff) is a great place to start. Here’s how!
1) Take a peak at a food product’s ingredients list. Look for ingredients you recognize and those you might cook with yourself. Oat My Goodness, for example, contains only real and wholesome ingredients that you can find in your pantry, like old-fashioned organic oats, organic coconut, almonds, cashew nuts, pecans, organic raisins, honey, dark brown sugar, olive oil, vanilla, and cinnamon. No artificial ingredients found here!
2) Pay special attention to the first few ingredients. The ingredients are listed in order of predominance, from first to last. Steer clear of food products where junky ingredients are listed first, like high fructose corn syrup. The first ingredient listed on Oat My Goodness granola’s is old fashioned organic oats, a nutritious and heart-healthy ingredient – that’s an A+ in my book.
3) Look at the Nutrition Facts label to analyze the food product as a whole. Make sure the calories per serving size are reasonable, the grams of saturated fats and sugars are low, trans fats are zero, and there’s adequate amounts of protein and fiber. Keep portion sizes in check and measure your Oat My Goodness granola if you think you might eat the whole bag in one sitting -- because it is THAT good! Moderation is key.
4) Load up on fruits and vegetables – as real as real food gets! Aim to have at least fruit and/or vegetable with every meal to provide extra filling fiber and essential vitamins and minerals. Pair your Oat My Goodness granola with fresh seasonal fruits and yogurt for a balanced, healthful, and oat-so-tasty breakfast, lunch, or snack.
-Guest Post by Nutritionist Becky Jay, MS
Eating local has become an important food topic and we are joining in on all the fun. At our core, we are supporters of this movement. Farmers and local vendors carry delicious, fresh, and seasonal produce & products that are hard to find elsewhere.
This season we joined the Central Farm Markets. With three locations in the Maryland area (Bethesda, Pike, and Mosaic), we attend each market once a month. We sell our three core flavors and occasionally offer our seasonal flavors that we have been working on. Stay tuned…we are pretty excited about them!
The best part of joining… introducing Oat My Goodness to people whom love supporting local businesses like ours. And of course, meeting the other wonderful vendors! Come say hi and buy local!
- 1 Fuyu (or other large) apple
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon orange juice
- 1 teaspoon white sugar
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- 2 tablespoons of butter, cold and cut into small pieces
- 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
- 4 tablespoons Oat My Goodness Bad Monkey granola
- 4 tablespoons of plain yogurt
- 1 heaping teaspoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla
- (Optional – if you’d like a speckled yogurt, scrape some of the contents from a vanilla bean pod into the yogurt)
To make the crisp
- Peel and core the apple, cut it in half, and thinly slice each half crosswise.
- Divide the apple slices across two small cast iron or other small baking dishes (or one larger one), overlapping the slices to make a fan-like appearance.
- Squeeze the lemon and apple juice over the apples, and then sprinkle the apples with the white sugar. Scatter the cinnamon and nutmeg over the top, and gently, without disrupting the pattern, try to work some of the juice, sugar and spices between the apples. When you’re done, dot with the butter and crumble 1 tablespoon of brown sugar over each dish.
- Top with the granola and bake until bubbling; 350 degrees for 40 minutes (for smaller dishes) or 50 minutes for the larger dish.
- While the granola is baking, stir together the yogurt ingredients, and top the crisp when it comes out of the oven.
Recipe courtesty of Jessica Fiorillo, feedmedearly.com
Favorite flavor: Sunrise
Why: It's just so unexpected. I can eat it anytime of day and feel satisfied.
How do you like to eat it: On top of of cottage cheese and fresh peaches.
Guilty pleasure: Panna Cotta!
Favorite meal to make: A roasted chicken cooked at 500 degrees with seasonal vegetables on the bottom. Divine!
Motto in life: Everything in moderation.
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Favorite flavor: Vintage
Why: The pecans...
How do you like to eat it: With Siggi's vanilla yogurt and an excessive amount of seasonal fruit.
Guilty pleasure: Ice cream even if it’s snowing outside.
Favorite meal to make: I love to make anything healthy and delicious. But probably turkey meatballs and spaghetti squash.
Motto in life: One day at a time.
Favorite flavor: Starshine
Why: Wait, am I allowed to talk about it yet?
How do you like to eat it: In a bowl of milk.
Guilty pleasure: Too many to count...
Favorite meal to make: This is a hard question. I get excited whenever I find something seasonal or grown/produced by great farmers, but I probably have the most fun with seafood in the kitchen. I make a dish I call ‘Lobster Toast Gratin’ - basically it’s an open faced lobster grilled cheese, which I broil and cover with a bunch of lobster sauce.
Motto in life: Live life, love long. (And consume as many oysters as possible. [East coast varieties are preferable.])
Seasonal ingredients and spices inspire us to craft granola which embody the seasons' tastes and moods. We have perfected our seasonal flavors and can’t wait to share them with you. We promise, they will not disappoint!