Fall Food Favorites

As the weather is getting colder we find ourselves drinking hot beverages and craving seasonal comfort foods like hot chocolate, pumpkin pies, and Thanksgiving staples like mashed potatoes and stuffing. But this year you say will be different. Along with the holiday season comes an excess amount of food.  You may love packing presents, but you’re trying to avoid packing on the pounds. Here's a list of our fall favorites with a healthier alternative.

Mashed Potatoes- Try mashed cauliflower instead. Cook the cauliflower for 12-15 minutes

mashedcauliflower

applepie

Pumpkin Baked Goods- There are several alternatives to pumpkin rolls, pies, and muffins

pumpkinpie

sweetpotatocasserole

Lasagna- A cold weather staple to heat up the house and fill you up.

lasagna

Thanksgiving Dinner- The feast of all fall season feasts, and an occasion that is sure to leave you with leftovers. Instead of eating your leftover turkey on sandwiches all week, try a festive fall salad with spinach, romaine lettuce, roasted turkey, walnuts, and craisins.  Another option is to wrap roasted turkey and spinach in a low carb wrap using laughing cow cheese wedges instead of butter or mayo.

thanksgivingfeast

Lastly, keep in mind that the holiday season is about more than maintaining your diet or losing weight. Enjoy the time with friends and family .  If you don’t have control over what’s on the menu,  remember you still have control over how much you eat. Try to fill up on protein and vegetables before heading for the stuffing, mashed potatoes, and desserts. This will help fill you up and provide you with the nutrients your body requires, so that you can enjoy a small piece of pie with your friends and family guilt free.

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