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I can hardly believe it, but September has come around again! While it’s always sad to wave goodbye to summer, I can’t help looking forward to autumn and the exciting crop of fruits and vegetables it brings.

Carrots, potatoes, pears and plums… there’s no end of market-fresh Free Foods you can enjoy to your heart’s content this month – perfect for packing into cosy dinners and comforting puds which won’t send your weight loss off track. Plus, by shopping what’s in season, you’ll get the freshest, tastiest fruit and veg at the cheapest prices, to help you save pounds while you’re losing them.

Take this shopping list to market (or your local supermarket) and fill your basket with these September superstars, then celebrate the season with our selection of vibrant recipes that put fruit and veg centre stage.

September veggies

With carrots, potatoes, parsnips and turnips coming back into season, it’s time to give root vegetables their moment in the spotlight. From colourful curries to satisfying stews and soups, there are lots of hearty meals that can be made with this month’s crop. Stock up on these soup-er heroes to give your menu a healthy makeover:

butternut squash
carrots
celery
kale
leeks
parsnips
potatoes
spinach
turnips

Brimming with potatoes, parsnips, butternut squash and leeks, our roast lemon and mustard pork is a smashing roast dinner.

Roast lemon and mustard pork - September shopping list - Slimming World Blog

MORE ON THE BLOG: Get cosy with our slow-cooked soups and stews

September fruits

Berry season ends this month, so it’s your last chance to fill your basket with strawberries, raspberries and blackberries for your pancakes, overnight oats and grab-and-go snack pots. Add a burst of sweet, fruity flavour with this little lot:

blackberries
damsons
pears
plums
raspberries
strawberries

Make the most of your berry haul with our luscious raspberry and cherry jellies. They taste even better with a scoop of peanut butter ice cream.

Raspberry and cherry jellies - September shopping list - Slimming World Blog

We’d love to see what you’ve been making with your stash of seasonal fruit and veg. Send us photos of your Slimming World-friendly September makes, bakes and snacks.

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