Awesome fall foods

You're not a bear. And unless you're planning on hibernating in a cave all winter, there's no reason to gain that winter weight. But for some reason when the leaves start to turn, and the mornings get crisp, I just want to fill my belly with warm, comforting food. So here are a few fall foods that won’t make you fat:

Pumpkins:Eat your art out. Don’t just reserve these Jack ‘o Lanterns for your porch – they also go well on your plate. Pumpkins are full of fiber and low in calories. And you don’t have to carve the big orange thing to get the health benefits. Just pop open a can of pumpkin puree and put it in your muffin mix, soup, pancakes or bread. Or save the seeds when you’re carving your masterpiece. Cook them up and get a good dose of omega 3s, calcium and zinc. They’ve also been shown to lower cholesterol levels.

Vegetarian Chili: Load your chili with any bean you can find in your kitchen and enjoy a comforting dish that’s loaded with fiber – not to mention potassium, protein and iron. This will stick to your ribs without sticking to your a** as well.

Apples:Not only are apples a rich source of antioxidants, you can also get a workout picking them. Go for the classic apple pie, or try your hand at a low-fat apple bran muffin. Or make your own apple sauce and substitute it when recipes call for oil.

What other fall foods or recipes do you use to keep from packing on those hibernating pounds?

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