When the weather cools and the days get shorter, it’s time to say goodbye to summer and welcome autumn. Fall has its full share of seasonal recipes, with hearty meats, freshly harvested produce, and rich spices. Need some cooking inspiration? Eat smart this autumn with our favorite healthy fall recipes!
1. Broccoli-Cheese Chowder
You can’t talk about healthy fall recipes without including a soup or two. This satisfying broccoli-cheese chowder will help stay warm as the temperatures cool. It contains lots of veggies, like carrots, celery, onion, and broccoli. That’s good news! Neurologist, Dr. Dale Bredesen, recommends 6-9 cups of vegetables and leafy greens per day to support brain health. In his book, The End of Alzheimer’s, he writes, “Go crazy in the produce aisle or preferably in your garden or local farmer’s market.”
2. Sweet Potato and Coconut Curry Soup
If you prefer plant-based options, this warming sweet potato and coconut curry soup is vegan and gluten-free! It’s one of our favorite healthy fall soup recipes packed with flavor, thanks to a combination of spices, like curry powder, garam masala, turmeric, ginger, cumin, and chili powder. Using an immersion blender makes it easy to mix ingredients for a smooth and creamy consistency. With every spoonful, you’ll enjoy the health benefits of turmeric, a powerful root shown to enhance memory and balance mood.
3. No Knead Bread
Fall means soup season. And what goes better with a warm bowl of soup than fresh bread to dip in it?
Grains and baked goods aren’t exactly the best when it comes to brain health. Most breads sold at grocery stores contain chemical preservatives to extend shelf life as well as added salts and sugars. In fact, some breads contain more sugar than candy!
Homemade bread made from scratch offers a healthy alternative. This no knead bread requires just four ingredients: flour, salt, yeast, and water. It’s a no-fuss recipe made in a bowl and baked in a Dutch oven—no kneading necessary! Flakey, warm, and easy to make, what’s not to love? Just make sure to give 12 to 24 hours for the dough to rise before baking.
4. Veggie Power Bowl
This simple veggie power bowl packs a ton of nutrition. It’s one of our favorite healthy fall dinner recipes because it contains so many ingredients to support the brain and memory. Butternut squash, beets, parsnips, kale, avocado, walnuts, and dried cranberries get tossed with a flavorful tahini dressing. Walnuts not only look like the brain, they support cognitive health, too! Evidence suggests that 1–2 oz of walnuts per day can improve memory, learning, and motor skills.
5. Gourmet Mushroom Risotto
If you want to impress your friends at a dinner party (or simply enjoy a decadent dinner), try this gourmet mushroom risotto. Arborio rice gets slow-cooked with chicken broth (bonus points if you make it homemade). A hearty chicken bone broth contains lots of collagen, a type of protein that supports bones, muscles, and blood. Portobello and white mushrooms add an earthy flavor and have nutrition benefits of their own. Research shows that integrating mushrooms into your diet can protect brain health.
6. Zuppa Toscana Recipe
If you frequent the Olive Garden, then this healthy fall recipe might sound familiar. This Italian Tuscan soup recipe combines kale, potatoes, onion, and garlic with parmesan cheese. Kale, in particular, is a brain-boosting ingredient. Kale, along with spinach, eggs, and avocados, contains a nutrient called lutein. Research has linked sources of lutein to better cognitive performance. It also supports healthy vision.
7. Stress-Reducing Matcha Latte
When the weather cools down, nothing beats a warm cup of tea. This matcha recipe featured in our NeuroQ Recipe ebook includes a blend of green matcha powder with coconut cream and ground cinnamon. Adding two capsules of the LifeSeasons Anxie-T supplement will help soothe stress. Plus, using monk fruit keto sweetener, instead of sugar, supports healthy blood sugar levels and metabolism.
Download our recipe eBook and learn more about Dr. Bredesen’s nutrition recommendations to promote brain function and overall well-being.