As always, summer flew by and September snuck up on us. The back-to-school rush is in full swing, and nights have started to cool down. The resurgence of pumpkin-spice lattes and the scent of apple-cinnamon candles can only mean one thing: everyone is gearing up for the changing leaves and sweater-weather of fall.
For many of us, the imminent chill in the air will evoke a desire for pumpkin and apple flavored everything. And it can be really tempting to give in to the warm, sugary drinks and desserts that seem to be calling your name. But you don’t have to derail your healthy diet for the sake of pumpkin fever! There are plenty of healthy, fall-inspired dishes you can choose instead. Here are a few of our favorite options:
Hit with a pumpkin craving when you wake up? Try our Hearty Oatmeal. It is quick and easy to make—the warm blend of oats, pumpkin, cinnamon, and pecans is a great way to start a chilly morning when you’d rather stay in bed!
Another great breakfast (or dessert!) option is our Apple Delight. It takes a bit longer to make than the oatmeal, but the mix of baked apples, walnuts, nutmeg, and cinnamon is sure to satisfy.
It’s always nice to prepare ahead of time and have a tasty lunch ready to pack for the week. Soup is a great lunch option because you can make it in bulk and freeze what you don’t use. And we have two delicious soup recipes that are perfect for fall afternoons: Papa’s Pumpkin Soup and Green Apple and Butternut Squash Soup. Just bring a thermos to work or school, and you’re good to go!
After a long day, there’s nothing better than sitting down for a hot meal. One of our fall favorites is Squash and Kale with Pumpkin Seeds cooked in a sweet black fig vinegar. And if you have a sweet tooth and want a side with your entree, try these delicious baked sweet potatoes.
And who can forget dessert? During this time of year, it can be really hard to turn down a slice of pumpkin pie. But with this healthy version, you won’t have to!
Flaky crust? Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin filling? Yes, please!
What are some of your favorite healthy fall recipes? Share with us in the comments below!