The fall season is upon us, which means cozy clothes, cozy spaces, and most importantly, cozy meals. Fall produce can be the perfect addition to your everyday favorites and elevate a dish in both a taste and health aspect!
Today we’re taking a peek into our founder Dr. Robert Dean’s fall favorites. All are sure to please and keep you feeling your best, especially for those looking to diet to help manage chronic joint pain.
“This is the perfect time of year to switch up your daily meal routine and incorporate seasonal vegetables and flavors to get the most out of fall,” says Dr. Dean. “Thankfully, you don’t have to sacrifice flavor to stay on track with your health. By selecting fresh produce, lean proteins, and other joint-healthy ingredients, you can still savor every bite!”
Sweet Potato Salad. Salads aren’t just reserved for the summer. This sweet potato salad is filled with inflammation fighters, deliciousness, and fall crops. The star of the dish, the sweet potato, is rich in antioxidants and anthocyanin, an anti-inflammatory phytonutrient. In addition to the sweet potato, the salad features healthy fat from avocado and dark leafy greens for inflammation prevention. We love this recipe from Love and Lemons.
Maple Pumpkin Oatmeal. Dr. Dean encourages healthy and balanced breakfasts to fuel up for the day ahead and this dish offers just that. The maple pumpkin oatmeal is essentially the taste of fall in a bowl with filling oats, pumpkin, and walnuts. The pumpkin puree in this recipe offers nutrients like vitamin C and beta carotene to reduce joint inflammation. While the added walnuts provide omega-3s to the dish. Snag Oat & Sesame’s full recipe here.
Turkey Chili. Something about chili just exudes fall energy. Bonus points for the fact that it is comprised of some power foods to keep you and your joints healthy and strong. With lean turkey, filling beans, and plenty of olive oil and garlic, this chili is the ideal meal to have simmering on your stove. Ambitious Kitchen’s Seriously, The Best Healthy Turkey Chili is one of our favorites. You can even top it with avocado for some added health benefits!
Pasta e Fagioli. A simple and filling fall soup is an Italian classic, pasta e fagioli; meaning pasta and beans. This filling recipe leads with cannellini beans as the main ingredient and offers anti-inflammatory properties to the dish. You’ll also find more anti-inflammatory benefits from the garlic and onions in this satisfying recipe. Find the full recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod here.
No-Sugar-Added Oatmeal Cookies. We had to include a little something for your sweet tooth!With a base of whole grains and bananas and chopped dates for the perfect balance of sweetness, this recipe checks all the boxes. You’ll find these cookies by Eating Well are filled with whole ingredients and completely satisfying.
If you are living with chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain that’s preventing you from daily tasks and activities, you can complete the form below to request your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for AROmotion, which has helped more than 2,000 patients stop their joint pain fast without surgery.