Falling for Comfort Food

Happy fall friends! With yesterday marking the Autumn Equinox, it’s official. Summer attire returns to its vacuum sealed state and rainy dampness calls for rubber boots and thick sweaters. Seasonal wardrobe aside, the notion of fall evokes cozy thoughts of hibernation, earth hues painting the scenery, and mmmm…comfort food.

Living with type 1 diabetes or not, they say moderation is always key. With many mainstream comfort foods lacking nutrients and healthy fats, taking a plant-based approach to conventional treats has made it a heck of a lot easier to indulge without the blood sugar hiccups (or the residual guilt). It’s also reassuring to hope these greener choices lift some weight off our planet.

As I meandered through the local farmers’ market in the pouring rain, it was a cleansing transition into fall. Actually it was kind of miserable and I got soaked. Although it did inspire me to hide back inside and check out some new gluten-free, diabetic-friendly comfort recipes!

Since the beloved pumpkin is our seasonal mascot (and an anti-inflammatory/antioxidant/acquired taste for some), here is a roundup of creative, plant-based variations using this fall staple:

Breakfast: For an innovative take on breakfast gruel, try Pumpkin Pie Chia Seed Pudding from Mind Body Green.

Snack: Pumpkin seeds are a strong collaborator in the trail mix bag, or drizzled on top of your favorite salad.

Cookies: Sometimes a cookie solves everything. Perhaps some Healthy Spiced Pumpkin Cookies from Elizabeth Rider will do the trick.

Spread: Perfect for gluten-free toast or cupcake icing, this Pumpkin Cream Cheese recipe via Kris Carr fuses cashew nuts and pumpkin. Yum!


Dessert
: PUMPKIN PIE! It’s the obvious choice here, but what about a raw, low sugar, gluten-free twist? Check out This Rawsome Vegan Life for sweet recipes and pics (way better than my glossy Wikimedia image here).

Skincare: Instead of a pumpkin spiced latte, have you tried Eminence Organics’ Pumpkin Latte Hydration Masque? High in beta-carotene and rich in antioxidants, this velvety face treat smells like a sweet crisp autumn day (if you’re cool with that on your face). Use the online spa locator tool to see if one of your local spas carries a sample.

Happy pumpkin season!

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