Fall is one of the most special times of the year. The leaves are finally starting to change colors, football season is going strong and cool fresh air is upon us. It is a time for family, friends, pumpkin patches, stoking fires and yummy autumn smells. If you are worried about your waistline this fall never fear, we have some great foods to incorporate into meals that are enjoyable and will help manage your weight loss this season.
Apples– It is not fall unless you pick an apple. Whether it be from an orchard or your grocery store. Apples are high in fiber content, making them great for digestion. They are also made up of 80% water and contain phenols, which help regulate your blood sugar levels.
Cranberries– There is nothing like the smell of fresh cranberries! Not only is the smell great they are also high in fiber and contain only 25 calories. Some studies show they have the ability to lower cholesterol and boost your metabolism.
Cinnamon- Talk about great smells, bring on the cinnamon! Another high fiber spice it also contains nutrients and minerals such as manganese, calcium and iron. Cinnamon is also a natural appetite suppressant.
Garlic– Fresh garlic is great for the fall because it has natural anti bacterial properties. Since flu season is gearing up, it’s a great idea to add garlic to your weekly meal plans. Garlic also helps reduce unhealthy fats and cholesterol levels.
Ginger– Another wonderful immune boosting food. Studies of ginger have shown it has the capabilities to enhance your metabolism, aid in digestion and improve circulation.
Nutmeg– Using nutmeg in small amounts is great for digestion and breaking down fats. It has manganese, fiber and natural properties that help alleviate stomachache and gas.
Mushrooms– These fungi foods are the only natural food source of vitamin D when exposed to UV light. Only 3oz of mushrooms a day equals your daily required intake of vitamin D. That’s not all, they also contain antioxidants and zinc and are pretty flavorful!
Pears– Keeping the high fiber trend going, pears will help you feel full faster while aiding digestion. The natural sweetness in pears also helps curb cravings for sugary snacks. Not to mention one pear equals only 100 calories.
Pecans– One of the healthiest nuts out there; pecans contain vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc and fiber. All of that in one nut, plus some heart healthy fats. Grab them for a snack or add to a salad, dessert and more!
Pomegranates– Another awesome fruit to add to the high fiber list, pomegranates are also a great cource of vitamin C, vitamin K and potassium. You can enjoy ice cold as a juice or add to meals for a sweet tart flavor better than candy!
Pork– Believe it or not pork is one of the leaner meats out there. Pork is a great protein that helps promote lean muscle mass, which in turn aids in burning fat. Plus its super tasty!
Pumpkins– Let’s face it fall is not fall without pumpkins! Not only are they great for décor, they are low in calories, full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant. Don’t forget the seeds are a great healthy snack too!
Tangerines– Orange in color for the fall season and super yummy, tangerines will satisfy any sweet tooth. They also consist of antioxidants for wellness and have natural immune boosting power.
Vanilla– Who doesn’t love vanilla? This natural extract not only provides a yummy fall smell it adds sweetness to meals without adding sugar content. According to “Reader’s Digest” the smell of vanilla helps reduce cravings for sweets such as chocolate.
Yams- Joining the fiber rich club, yams also are low on the glycemic index, packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. This food will digest slowly leaving you feeling fuller for longer periods of time.
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