Indulgent (and Healthy) Fall Recipes
Welcome the autumn’s cool weather with these comforting fall recipes that feature the season’s best ingredients and flavors. We’ve included our favorite healthy recipes ranging from meals and sides to desserts and beverages—which are made with apples, pumpkin, squash, and more.
Apple strudel pancakes are made with buckwheat flour, which gives them a unique, nutty taste. Top with maple syrup, apple butter, or fresh fruit for the perfect breakfast treat.
HEALTH BENEFITS: These pancakes are made with healthy whole grains to give you lasting energy.
This soup is a perfect pick-me-up for a cool, fall night. Coconut milk lends sweetness while the the mild spice of curry paste adds a savory touch.
HEALTH BENEFITS: Sweet potatoes contain phytochemicals that may help fend off cancer and heart disease while protecting your vision, immune system, and skin.
The sweetness of the apples and cranberries go well with the bitterness of the Brussels sprouts in this slaw recipe.
HEALTH BENEFITS: Cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, may help keep you healthy during cancer treatment and decrease your chances for recurrence after treatment.
This easy, colorful side dish is the perfect complement to your main course.
HEALTH BENEFITS: Carrots are a great source of vitamin A and antioxidants.
Skip traditional mashed potatoes—along with the added fat and calories—and indulge in this nutrient-packed alternative.
HEALTH BENEFITS: Turnips contain a category of phytonutrients called indoles, which may reduce your risk for developing lung and colorectal cancers.
Autumn means one thing—apple season. This nutritious recipe combines apples, spinach, and chicken, which means you’re getting servings of both fruits and veggies in one dish.
HEALTH BENEFITS: Chicken provides protein while apples are high in fiber and cancer-fighting antioxidants and spinach is full of fiber folate, carotenoids, and lutein.
Pot pie is the ultimate comfort food, and this healthy version boasts less than 300 calories per serving! Tip:
HEALTH BENEFITS: Turkey is loaded with protein and an assortment of veggies promises to provide fiber and other much-needed nutrients.
Whether you’re carving a jack-o-lantern or baking a pie, save those pumpkin seeds to create this portable seasonal snack.
HEALTH BENEFITS: Pumpkin seeds are a good source of protein, which makes a great snack during treatment days.
When undergoing cancer treatment, limiting alcohol consumption is a good idea. Try this Ginger Holiday “Mocktail” instead! You can serve this drink hot or cold so it can be a refreshing treat during a holiday party or warm you up on a cold night.
HEALTH BENEFITS: Ginger helps combat nausea after treatments.
If you’re looking for a warm, comforting dessert, this delicious pear crisp is a great option. You can always substitute or add additional fruits to this crisp as well. This recipe also offers whole grains and added fiber from the oats and omega-3 fatty acids from the walnuts.
HEALTH BENEFITS: Pears are a great source of fiber and vitamin C and even provide a little potassium.
Need a little more pumpkin spice in your life? Then this Pumpkin Bunt Cake recipe from the American Institute of Cancer Research is just for you.
HEALTH BENEFITS: In addition to being low in calories and fat, pumpkin also is a great source of vitamin A, fiber, and beta-carotene.
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