Fall has its fair share of temptations.
Between sugar-loaded ciders and calorie-packed pumpkin spice lattes, not to mention Halloween candy sitting around and the gorge fest known as Thanksgiving, there are loads of ways to get off track with your eating.
Fight temptation by stocking your pantry with these delicious seasonal superfoods.
Apples- Without the caramel and candy coating, apples are an easy and healthy go-to snack. They’re low in calories and loaded with phytonutrients and antioxidants. Add them to your morning oatmeal with a sprinkle of cinnamon to add flavor and keep yourself full throughout the morning.
Pears- The fruit is a good source of dietary fiber and health way to treat yourself to something sweet, plus an antioxidant found in the skin can help prevent artery damage that can lead to heart problems. Get creative and experiment with different varieties, incorporating them into seasonal salads and desserts.
Squash- Squash can be your culinary workhorse during the chilly months. Bake a spaghetti squash for a low-carb alternative to pasta and roast butternut squash for the perfect soup or hearty side. Chances are that sometime this month you’ll find yourself digging into a pumpkin and carving it for Halloween. Save the insides and put the low calorie, high in antioxidant and fiber veggie to use in any of a variety of ways, from whole wheat muffins to ravioli.
Cauliflower- Anybody on Pinterest can attest to the fact that cauliflower is having a moment. Its uses are wide-ranging, from Paleo pizza crusts to roasted cauliflower in place of potatoes to a substitute for heavy cream in sauces. Whatever you’re planning for dinner, odds are there’s a way to incorporate the veggie, which is rich in vitamins and minerals and has been linked to reduce cancer risks.
Kale- The health benefits of kale have been so widely touted that there’s been a backlash. But there’s a reason for the hype—the green is high in Vitamin K, which helps protect against various cancers, contains lots of iron and antioxidants and is a great anti-inflammatory food. Kale salads and roasted kale chips are easy ways to work it into your diet, but if the taste is too much, try mixing it with other ingredients in a smoothie, like this T. Loft creation.