You've donned your favourite cozy sweater and noted a renewed interest in pumpkin-spiced foods and beverages, but autumn - and especially October - has another thing going for it: it's one of Ontario's biggest and best months when it comes to in-season, locally grown fruits and vegetables. Of course, First Canadian Place and Exchange Tower purveyors are making the most of the fall flavours on their menus.
Ontario apple season is in full swing, so pick up an Apple Cobb salad from iQ FOOD CO. for some sweet crunch, made with aged white cheddar from Bright, Ontario, and oven-roasted chicken on a bed of spinach and quinoa. With a focus on seasonality and sustainability, you can always count on IQ for a fresh locally sourced menu.
For a rainbow of antioxidants sourced from local farms during the Ontario growing season, try the Deep Roots blend, a cold-pressed juice from Greenhouse Juice co. packed with in-season fruit and veg like apple, carrot, beet, and celery. Use it for a quick boost of energy before your next workout--the nitrates in raw beet juice are said to boost endurance.
For a wholesome lunch try Freshii's Metaboost salad with spinach, kale, field greens, goat cheese, mango, almonds, carrots and edamame, topped with your choice of protein.
For a serious hit of protein, check out Kid lee's Garden Power Bowl, a mix of organic short-grain brown rice, pickled veggies, kombu seaweed, sprouts, kale, carrot, toasted chickpeas and pumpkin seeds, topped with Jerk Marinated Tofu or substitute it for Asian BBQ chicken.
If you're craving Mexican, a veggie-packed burrito at z-teca will do the trick. Handcrafted with premium ingredients like roasted tomatillo salsa and chipotle ranch dressing over romaine leaves, black beans, cheese and cilantro, it's the perfect comfort food for a cool, autumn day.