Healthier Fall Favorites.

Once fall hits, it can feel as if we head full speed toward the holidays.  This means fun decorations, family gatherings and of course, endless, festive, fall foods! 

With so much going on during this season, it can be easy to let healthy choices take a backseat.  This doesn’t have to be the case, though! 

There are so many nutritional benefits in a lot of the best fall produce, and I would argue that any of the classic fall dishes can be made healthier.

I’ve compiled a few recipes for you to try this fall to prove that your health can remain a top priority – even while enjoying fall treats!

  Healthier apple crisp instead of your classic apple crisp that likely contains tons of refined sugar!

  Healthy peppermint bark made with antioxidant-rich dark chocolate, low in added sugar – instead of store bought!

  Pumpkin Bread with Maple Glaze – try subbing coconut oil instead of butter for a healthier saturated fat.  I also recommend adding cranberries for a fun, tart kick and some antioxidants!

  Protein-Packed Baked Potatoes or Roasted Stuffed Butternut Squash – try these instead of a loaded baked potato!  Feel free to add/sub any ingredients to prepare it to your liking.

  Butternut Squash, Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole or Butternut Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole (Try subbing the butter for olive oil!) – rather than making a casserole full of excess sodium and saturated fats, try these recipes instead!

  Mashed Cauliflower for a lower carb substitute for mashed potatoes!

  Butternut Squash Quinoa Chili or Black Bean, Sweet Potato and Quinoa Chili w/ Smoked Chipotle – I find that plant-based chili’s tend to pack more nutrients than those with meats because the plant-proteins offer additional nutrients (compared to animal proteins) – like fiber!

  Homemade, 1-Pot Tomato Soup or Creamy Fall Soup in Acorn Squash Bowls – soup is a popular fall meal, but can become very sodium-heavy quickly (particularly, store-bought/canned).  Try to look for a low-sodium vegetable broth if using it to make soup from scratch!

  Spinach and Artichoke Dip (healthified) – feel free to use regular parmesan cheese or extra nutritional yeast instead of vegan parm!

Exercise is only part of the equation in living well and feeling your best. Now you can be fully supported in your health and fitness journey, with nutritional coaching offered right here at the club!  Isabel Debnam is a Registered Dietitian supporting the nutritional needs of our community.

To learn more and schedule a complimentary consult with Isabel, click here or contact isabel.debnam@Synergyhealthclub.org.

Synergy blog content is not medical advice; it’s inspiration to live actively! Be sure to consult your medical provider and incorporate any individual allergies/food sensitivities into your personalized eating plan.

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