Friday, September 21, 2012

eat: 5 healthy fall recipes

One of my favorite things about Fall is indulging in delicious comfort food. Somewhere between those crack-like pumpkin cookies at the grocery store and all of the Halloween candy, it's easy to loose a grip on maintaining a healthy lifestyle! Don't hide behind over-sized sweaters and boyfriend jeans (tempting though) here are healthier versions of some of my favorite fall foods. You'll be thanking me when October 31st rolls around :)

1. Morning pumpkin smoothie: Skip the pumpkin latte and start your day on a better and equally delicious note! Here is the recipe for this one:

Ice, 1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Aria), 1 cup vanilla almond milk, 1/2 frozen banana, pinch of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice - blend and enjoy :)

2. Cheesy Zucchini Quinoa: This is a yummy, easy and healthy substitute for mac & cheese! Recipe HERE. 

3. Roasted Butternut Squash with Warm Cider Vinaigrette: Warm salads are the best for cold nights and this one is full of fall favorites! Recipe HERE.

4. Ruby Salad with Crumbled Feta & Spicy Pepitas: With beets and red cabbage - this bright salad is not only beautiful but chalk full of folate and sulforaphane - which both boost cancer fighting enzymes in your body. Recipe HERE. 

5. Emeril's Turkey and Pinto Bean Chili: I made this the other night and it was SO good. We spiced it up a bit by using 1 tbls cayenne pepper and 2 tbls chili pepper. Spicy foods boost your metabolism and increase the production of endorphins. Recipe HERE.

Bon Appetit! 

xo, April 


  1. They all look so yummy & healthy! LOVE it!
    -Daisy Nguyen from PS BANANAS fashion blog:

  2. That salad looks amazing--it combines all of my favorite fall things! I completely agree that it's hard to stay on track once fall hits. Comfort food (and less skimpy clothing) can be all too tempting!

    The Glossy Life

  3. There is no substitute for mac n cheese. These all look yummy though :)

  4. Oh man, this post just made me so hungry!

  5. thanks for sharing! definitely going to try the cheesy quinoa an zucchini recipe!

  6. ooo, very tempted by that zucchini quinoa.

  7. mmm looks so delicious!:)

  8. Thanks, these all look amazing!


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