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Making Healthy Eating Choices This Fall

By Ali Struhs
September 10, 2014

Pulling out your scarves and boots from the back of your closet can work up an appetite for comfort food fit for the cooling temperatures of autumn. But instead of derailing the hard work to lose weight over the summer by indulging in high-calorie baked delights and high-sodium soups and casseroles, you can continue to make healthy eating choices this fall. Here are five tips for staying on track during the cooler season.

Add fresh pumpkin and apples
The quintessential flavors of fall, apple and pumpkin, can easily be added to your Jenny Craig meal. For lunch, slice up a crisp apple and add it as a side to your Turkey Burger or the Chicken Salad Kit.For dinner, stir in a scoop of fresh, pureed pumpkin to your Turkey Chili or Rotini with Meatballsfor extra-rich autumnal flavor on a cool evening.

Make your own pumpkin latte
Nothing feels more like fall than a warm pumpkin latte held in your hands as you shuffle through fallen leaves. Skip the whip cream and extra sugar by making your own healthier version at home. To make a pumpkin latte, use fresh brewed coffee, a few tablespoons of real pureed pumpkin, a drop of vanilla, and nonfat milk or unsweetened almond milk. Add a dash of cinnamon on top for more flavor.

Switch to sweet potatoes
A plain baked potato can typically be dressed with unhealthy toppings like butter, sour cream, bacon, and cheese— all of which contain unhealthy saturated fat. Make an easy switch to a healthier root vegetable. When it comes to vitamins and minerals, orange sweet potatoes are vitamin A superstars. Vitamin A supports your vision and healthy skin. Bake a sweet potato just like a russet potato and top with a dollop of low fat Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

Satisfy your sweet tooth
While you may be craving warm, baked breads, Halloween candy, and pumpkin pie, you can satisfy your sweet tooth with one of fall’s fruits, the pear. Beginning in August, add fresh harvested pears to your diet by slicing them up in salads or serving them poached for dessert. Pears are high in fiber, so you will continue to feel full after your sweet cravings subside.

Choose healthier comfort foods
When the temperatures drop during the fall, you may find yourself longing for comfort foods, like a big bowl of macaroni and cheese or a heaping plate of spaghetti. Instead of caving into carbohydrate heaven, choose for a healthier alternative in spaghetti squash. As a winter squash, spaghetti squash is high in vitamins and minerals, but is also low calorie! Top with marinara, basil pesto, or some olive oil and herbs.

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