Deliciously Fall: A Full Day of Healthy Eating

Deliciously Fall: A Full Day of Healthy Eating

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What’s fall without fresh cut apples, ripe squash, and a sprinkling of cinnamon and spice?

This season, we bring you three healthy fall recipes, one for each meal of the day. Every recipe is designed to be lower in carbohydrates and packed with fiber and nutrients to keep your heart healthy and your taste buds happy.

If you have diabetes, consider checking your blood sugar before and after trying a new recipe. It will help you understand how its ingredients impact your diabetes management. If you have any questions, reach out to your One Drop clinical health coach

Breakfast: Perfectly Fall Parfait

Nothing says fall more than warm apples with a dash of cinnamon. Heat can transform the crispness of fresh apples into a soft, tender texture. And, cinnamon balances out the fruit’s tangy sweetness, bringing out a complex aroma that is a classic during the holidays.

The skin of an apple is rich in fiber, which can boost digestive health. Chopped pecans provide a satisfying crunch, as well as heart-healthy fats and antioxidants. 

Apples and pecans are in season during the fall months, so if you have access to a farmers market, shop local to assemble this healthy fall recipe.

Make this your own by including other fiber-rich fruit such as sliced peaches, plums, or blackberries. Swap out pecans for pistachios, walnuts, or even a drizzle of almond butter.  

Apple Crisp Yogurt Parfait

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 0 minutes
Servings: 1
Serving size: 1 cup

Estimated Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Carbs: 16g
Fiber: 6g
Fat: 9g
Saturated Fat:1g
Protein: 14g
Sodium: 95mg

    Ingredients

    • ½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt
    • ⅓ cup apple, skin on, diced
    • 1 tbsp pecans, chopped 
    • 1 tbsp chia seeds 
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • Cinnamon, to taste (optional)

    Directions

    1. In a small bowl, sprinkle diced apples with cinnamon. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes until the apples soften. Allow the apples to cool while assembling the parfait.
    2. Scoop half of the Greek yogurt into a small bowl. Mix in vanilla extract.
    3. Layer half of the diced apple, half of the chopped pecans, and chia seeds.
    4. Add the rest of the yogurt, and layer again with the remaining diced apple and pecans. Serve immediately.

    Lunch: A Simple Autumn Salad 

    What’s wonderful about this healthy fall recipe is that it’s light and leafy, yet densely packed with nutrients. If you’re looking to experiment with more plant-based meals, you can’t go wrong with this nutritious dish.

    Butternut squash is full of vitamins A and C, which can boost your immune system in the colder months. It’s also a great source of potassium and fiber, which helps keep blood sugar steady. Adding walnuts to the mix gives this salad an additional boost of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. 

    If you want to enhance the flavor of the walnuts, chop them up into smaller pieces, drizzle them with olive oil, and toast them in a pan over medium heat for two minutes. 

    Lastly, this recipe calls for gorgonzola cheese, which adds a bolder flavor against the milder backdrop of squash and broccoli. Gorgonzola is less sharp than blue cheese, but for those who shy away from stronger cheeses, feta can be a substitute with its similarly rich, acidic flavor.

    This recipe is easy to assemble. To save time, prepare the ingredients beforehand. Then, throw everything together when it’s time to eat. 

    Butternut Squash & Walnut Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette

    Prep time: 20 minutes
    Cook time: 10 minutes
    Servings: 2
    Serving size: ~2 cups

    Estimated Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    Carbs: 19g
    Fiber: 7g
    Fat: 16g
    Saturated Fat: 4.5g
    Protein: 19g
    Sodium: 410mg

      Ingredients

      • 4 cups mixed greens
      • 3 oz grilled chicken breast, cubed
      • 1 cup frozen, cubed butternut squash
      • ¼ cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
      • 1 cup broccoli florets, chopped
      • ¼ cup red wine vinaigrette dressing
      • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste 
      • ½ oz walnuts (about 7), for garnish
      • ¼ tsp nutmeg (optional) 

      Directions

      1. Wash the mixed greens and broccoli in cool water and pat dry. Add to a medium sized mixing bowl.
      2. Cook frozen butternut squash per package instructions. Allow to cool. 
      3. Add the chicken, gorgonzola, and black pepper to the mixing bowl. 
      4. Drizzle with red wine vinaigrette dressing and top with walnuts. Add butternut squash once it has cooled slightly and top with nutmeg (optional). 

      Dinner: Spice Up Your Veggies 

      Cajun seasoning can add a ton of “kick” to any dish, especially salmon. When mixed with a sheet of nutritious sweet potatoes, broccoli, and cauliflower, you’ll have as many fall colors on your plate as flavors. This healthy fall recipe is sure to be as much a feast for your eyes as much as your taste buds. 

      Sweet potatoes are rich in fiber and potassium. Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and lower in caloriesmeaning they’ll fill you up and help you reach your health goals. 

      If you If you don’t have a cajun seasoning mix, you can use your own spices such as paprika, red pepper, thyme, garlic, and/or onion powder.

      Fun fact: Broccoli was first developed in the Roman Empire and cultivated in the southern Italian peninsula near Sicily. When first introduced in England in the mid-eighteenth century, broccoli was referred to as "Italian asparagus.”

      Salmon & Cajun Veggie Sheet Pan Meal

      Prep time: 20 minutes
      Cook time: 30 minutes
      Servings: 4
      Serving size: ~1 cup + 1 filet

      Estimated Nutrition Facts (per serving)

      Carbs: 33g
      Fiber: 10g
      Fat: 20g
      Saturated Fat: 4g
      Protein: 27g
      Sodium: 290mg

        Ingredients

        • 2 sweet potatoes
        • 1 head of broccoli
        • 1 head of cauliflower 
        • 4 3-oz salmon filets
        • 2 tbsp lemon juice
        • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
        • 2 tbsp cajun seasoning

        Directions

        1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. 
        2. In a small bowl, whisk together extra virgin oil, lemon juice, and cajun seasoning. 
        3. Place salmon filets on a baking sheet and brush on half of the oil, lemon juice, and spice mixture and set aside to allow the fish to marinate while preparing the vegetables. 
        4. Cut the sweet potato lengthwise and then into small wedges no thicker than one inch. Keep the peel on. Put the wedges into a large mixing bowl.

        This article has been clinically reviewed by Alexa Stelzer, RDN, LD, CDCES, clinical health coach at One Drop.

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        One Drop Team
        Sep 13, 2022

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