Though I’m always happy when the heat of summer breaks, fall in my region is incredibly fleeting before winter descends for 5-6 months. So here are some ideas for making the most of this fun season with all its hayrides, scary costumes, and warm drinks. Check out these suggestions for enjoying the season from some savvy green bloggers!
Make sure your Halloween is scary in a good way — not full of toxic chemicals and artificially-flavored candies. You can still enjoy the holiday, but there are some savvy swaps to make it healthier for you and the planet. Check out my post on greening your Halloween, and try your hand at homemade nontoxic facepaint from Primalkidz! (Also check out these scary but healthy treats!)
And don’t forget to make a lot of delicious and healthy pumpkin recipes while that fabulous and nutritious gourd is still plentiful. I collected 75 of them for you, everything from soup to cheese to fudge — check it out!
There’s also still time to enjoy some healthy and delicious spaghetti squash in place of pasta in array of intriguing dishes.
More nourishing and satisfying fall crops: Sweet potatoes are starting to come in from the farm. Try them in this recipe for Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes from Whole Natural Life.
My garlic goes in at the end of the month. How about yours? Now’s the perfect time to tuck in some cloves and reap the fabulous health benefits of garlic next season. Here’s all you need to know about how to grow garlic.
When cool weather comes, warm drinks are in order. Check out my healthy cocoa recipe to enjoy some of the health benefits of chocolate without the guilt. Homespun Seasonal Living also has a cool recipe for infusing your hot chocolate with herbs.
Fall is also when all those nasty viruses begin to flare again. Be sure to support your immune system with lots of helpful herbs and remedies, like immune-boosting elderberries. Need some more ideas for dealing with those annoying colds? Check out this great collection of 50 Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu from Dr. Karen S. Lee
Homemade bone broth is another great choice for keeping your immune system humming or getting over a bug. Check out this recipe for chicken bone broth from A Modern Homestead. And a delicious way to use that broth is in this tasty sausage, kale and potato soup from Whole Natural Life.
Did you know you can put all those acorns to use in your kitchen? Check out this amazing recipe for chocolate chip cookies made with acorn flour. They’re also great for art projects and eco-friendly fall decorations. Just leave some for the squirrels!
While you’re out hunting acorns, see if you can find some of these other top fall foods to forage from And Here We Are.
What are your favorite ways to enjoy the flavors of fall? Share in the comments!