Fall is on the way and we're unabashedly enjoying all of the favorite flavors that come with it, especially pumpkin spice!
Even so, we're not about to fall out of our healthy eating habits. While it's sometimes easier to think of summer as the time to fill our plates with fresh produce, getting our fruits and veggies is just as important when the weather gets colder.
Something else that stays important after summer: Staying hydrated. You may not feel as thirsty as the temperatures drop, so be mindful of hydration, says Christina Thomas, registered dietitian with Carilion Clinic Dining and Nutrition Services.
"During the colder months, forced-air heating can lead to dry skin, but staying hydrated can help prevent this," she says. "And you don't have to stick to just drinking water for hydration—water in the diet can also come from fruit and soups."
Check out the recipes at the links below for healthy ways to celebrate the season.
Perfect for a cool weekend morning, these pancakes include seasonal must-haves pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon—and are made with wholesome almond and oat flours instead of the refined stuff.
Elegant yet comforting, this silky bisque soup helps keep you feeling both warm and hydrated.
Loaded with beta carotene, phytochemicals and omega-3 fats, this festive loaf is as healthy as it is delicious.
Pumpkin isn't the only autumn flavor we fall for. If you have more fresh-picked apples than you know what to do with, bake a big batch of these apple chips as a family project! They make a delightful alternative to processed snacks.
Acorn squash is low in fat, free from cholesterol and rich in C, A and B vitamins—all good reasons to enjoy it frequently this fall. Here's an easy recipe to get you started.