The autumn chill makes fall a perfect time for comforting recipes with pumpkin, cinnamon, apple, and squash. Delicious inspiration is abundant in restaurant menus, grocery store aisles, and online cooking forums. Unfortunately, we typically consume these fall foods as calorie-rich desserts and processed snacks. The good news is, a registered dietitian is here to help! There are plenty of simple, smart and healthy strategies to help you enjoy your favorite fall flavors without sabotaging your health. Here are a few suggestions:
Focus on produce. Keep recipes simple by filling them with apple slices, pureed pumpkin, chopped pears, or cubed winter squash. Plain whole apples are a delicious snack alone, but also consider using them to improve your oatmeal, or try one of the following recipes:
Bring out the winter squash. Acorn and butternut squash are another rich in fiber and important vitamins and minerals such as calcium, vitamin A and C.
Try scrambled egg whites, tomatoes, peppers, and butternut squash, then add your favorite seasonings and herbs for a nutrient-rich and low-calorie breakfast. Here are some other ideas for incorporating squash into recipes: