“Autumn in New York, why does it seem so inviting?”
- Autumn in New York, Billie Holiday
The leaves have changed and fallen. Snow poised to cover what was once foliage carpeted landscape in grey and white. As the first day of winter creeps in, we should reflect on the beauty of the autumn months and appreciate the calm inspiration that chilly weather and autumnal leaves provide.
A borage of seasonally appropriate red, yellow, green, and brown sweaters, jackets, and scarves are a nature-inspired palette for the well-dressed man. Imagine enjoying a warm pumpkin spice latte with great company in red cashmere, a tailored rust-colored blazer, hunter green chinos, and cognac colored cap-toe leather boots. While we bundle up and hunker down for warmth, fall fruits and vegetables deliver vitamins and nutrients in shades of fall that we can unearth in our diets in the coming weeks.
As we close out the fall, let your refrigerator reflect your closet. The healthiest plates may look more like your favorite retailers sales rack. Greens like kale, collard greens, and brussels sprouts are rich in zinc, a nutrient important to maintaining a healthy sperm count, and calcium, a vital nutrient for healthy-aging. While pumpkins were great for Halloween decorations and thanksgiving desserts, that big orange jack-o-lantern, and other fall squashes remain great sources of potassium that aid in muscle recovery, especially when you exercise regularly. Citrus fruits that are readily available in the fall contain loads of Vitamin C, a nutrient vital for energy and combatting skin-aging; if you can bear it, try to incorporate the peels for some added nutrients like Folate and Vitamin A that help with male fertility and healthier skin.
Next time you’re shopping for groceries, try some some end of fall, early winter vegetables, get home, make a homemade cider, and throw on Billie Holiday’s “Autumn in New York” while you reminisce over the past few months.
Check out these Foodie In New York’s Recipes for some great ideas: