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13 Healthiest Fall Foods

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Pumpkin spice lattes and apple pie might be on your list of favorite fall foods, but they’re not exactly healthy. The good news is that there are plenty of seasonal ingredients that can pack a ton of nutrition — and flavor — into your diet this fall, without lots of fat and sugar. Try these 13 foods and some of our favorite recipes that use them!

— Melissa Valliant, HellaWella

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13 Healthier Dessert Recipes for Fall

You shouldn't have to choose between gaining inches to your waistline and enjoying fall's best desserts. That's why we took some of your favorite recipes and slashed sugar, fat, and calories, giving some of the sweetest, most decadent desserts a healthy makeover. Along with a few smart swaps, we got deliciously creative by adding beets to dark chocolate brownies, millet to vanilla pudding, and whole grains to pear galette. From spiced pumpkin whoopie pies to stuffed baked apples with maple yogurt cream, try these fresh takes on dessert.


Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

This jalapeño cheeseburger recipe packs a bite for you spice lovers, while still staying lean thanks to a few smart swaps (like using lean sirloin and olive oil mayonnaise), which cut calories dramatically. This is a restaurant-worthy burger you can actually perfect right in your own kitchen.

Get our recipe for Jalapeño Cheeseburger.


The Best Recipes For Natural Detoxing

These recipes combine a lot of the foods above for a super healthy way to assist your body it’s natural detoxification process.

Detox Vegetable Soup by The Healthy Maven

Full of good for you ingredients that nourish your soul and replenish your body, this detox vegetable soup is one of the most popular recipes on our website and for good reason. It’s the perfect dinner for a cold winter’s night and will fill your home with delicious aromas as it simmers.

Kale Rainbow Detox Salad by Ambitious Kitchen

Kale is one of the healthiest foods on the planet which makes it a great base for this delicious and healthy salad. This recipe is also loaded with all sorts of veggies including colorful bell peppers and carrots which have wonderful health benefits including beta-carotene and vitamin C. Plus, it’s topped with simple but delicious vinaigrette that brings everything together.

Salmon Sweet Potato Avocado Kale Salad by Slender Kitchen

With so many delicious ingredients in this salad, you’ll forget you’re eating healthy! The salmon and avocado bring good-for-you, satiating fats while the sweet potato, kale, apple, cucumber and tomato give your body an extra boost of nutrients.

Roasted Red Pepper Quinoa Chili by Fit Foodie Finds

Try a different spin on chili with this roasted red pepper and quinoa version. This vegetarian recipe takes less than an hour to make and is packed with protein and fiber.

Beet, Arugula & Quinoa Salad with Citrus Dressing by Get Healthy U

Beets are one of the best detoxifying foods and this salad is filled with good-for-you ingredients while still tasting delicious! Let this salad be your go-to when you’ve been indulging in a few too many Christmas cookies.

Tropical Detox Smoothie Bowl by Get Healthy U

Smoothies are a great way to start your morning and the pineapple base of this smoothie means it’s a great way to detox too! Plus, you can make this smoothie bowl year round using fresh or frozen fruit!

Cleansing Green Radish Soup by Heavenlynn Healthy

A few too many cocktails this weekend? This Cleansing Green Radish Soup is the perfect clean recipe you need to get your body back in shape. Dairy-free, gluten-free, and packed with veggies, it’s a great meal to make for the family or to take in you lunches all week!

Carrot Apple Ginger Zinger by Get Healthy U

Sometimes after eating too much unhealthy food, the only thing you want to put in your body is juice! Our Carrot Apple Ginger Zinger is the perfect shot of nutrients to your system to help detoxify without loading you up with more calories.

Watercress, Beetroot, Avocado & Lentil Salad by Heavenlynn Healthy

Protein, fiber and healthy fats – what more could you want?! This salad is an amazing source of vitamins and minerals, has great fresh flavor and crunch as well as avocado, beets and pecans all topped with a dijon maple dressing. Yum!

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup with Kale by Fit Foodie Finds

Soups are a winter staple, but they’re also a great way to load up on the veggies and hydrate your body. This chicken tortilla soup is made in the crockpot with delicious Mexican flavors and a healthy potion of kale.

Kale, Edamame and Quinoa Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette by Ambitious Kitchen

This unique fruit and veggie combo salad combines kale, edamame, mango, grape tomatoes, avocado, quinoa and red onion for a filling and healthy meal any time of day. Your body will truly thank you!

Skinny Vegetable Medley Soup by Get Healthy U

Despite the name, this vegetable medley soup doesn’t taste like a “diet” recipe this healthy dish is so delicious and so filling you won’t believe it has under 200 calories and is packed with 11 grams of protein per serving. It’s LOADED with veggies and totally customizable so you can add in your favorite veggies or take out ones you don’t love.

Green Goddess Tuna Quinoa Salad by Ambitious Kitchen

We love Green Goddess dressing! And in this salad, it’s the perfect compliment to the quinoa, tuna, and fresh spring veggies! It’s easy to prepare ahead and bring to a gathering or to have for an easy side dish (or main!) during the week.


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21 Recipes That Confirm Fall Is Definitely the New Salad Season

Fall's plethora of produce lets you create the best salads of the year.

Read on for mouth-watering recipes.

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With the sweet flavors of cranberry and candied walnuts, this dish turns healthy eating from a bore to "I want more!"

Get the recipe at Peas and Crayons.

This light salad will satisfy both your tummy and your taste buds thanks to a wide range of fresh fall flavors.

Get the recipe at Homemade Food Junkie.

Take advantage of pear season while you can and whip up this gluten-free salad for a refreshing lunch.

Get the recipe at The Perfect Pantry.

For your own take on this hearty salad, substitute in your favorite fruits and veggies.

Get the recipe at Healthy Nibbles and Bits.

Ditch pumpkin spice lattes and get your fall pumpkin fix in a nutrient-packed salad. You'll cut back on major calories, too.

Get the recipe at The Awesome Green.

This filling salad packs a punch &mdash er, crunch. Brussels sprouts add crispiness, along with gorgonzola cheese, dried cranberries, pecan, pear, and fried shallots. Dig in!

Get the recipe at Iowa Girl Eats.

You won't feel like you're eating a healthy salad, but this one is packed with nutritional powerhouses like roasted cauliflower, sweet potatoes, apples, and grains. There's no judgement in going back for seconds. or thirds.

Get the recipe at A Pinch of Yum.

Even salad-haters will love this everything-but-the-kitchen-sink recipe. Bacon, eggs, avocado, dried cherries. the list of delicious ingredients goes on and on.


80+ Easy Fall Recipes You'll Want to Make All Season Long

When the months turn chilly, we start craving heartier foods &mdash the kind of stick-to-your-ribs comfort food that warm you up and give you energy for all kinds of outdoor activities. But what we're not looking for are big, complicated dishes that take hours and hours to make. Especially with Thanksgiving approaching, who wants to spend a lot of time in the kitchen? There's plenty of time to cook on Turkey Day.

If you're on the same page as us, then there's no need to scour your cookbooks any longer. These fall dinner ideas are exactly what you've been looking for. Whether you're in the mood for a comforting soup, quick casserole, or classic chicken dinner, this list has it all. And it doesn't matter if you're preparing for a dinner party or just need a new weeknight meal for your loved ones, we have both. If you're worried about the little ones eating these meals, don't worry: Even the picky eaters in your family will be polishing off their plates.

And although these dishes are perfect on their own, we have a few ideas that will take your dinners to the next level. We recommend enjoying these recipes with an autumn-inspired cocktail and finishing everything off with a fall dessert.


13 Vegan Risottos To Keep You Warm This Fall

Cooler days and longer nights are upon us, which means comfort food season has officially arrived. It's time to hunker down with warming foods like French onion soup, macaroni and cheese and lasagna. Okay, so our favorite comfort foods happen to contain copious amounts of cheese. Guilty as charged. But there are plenty of comforting recipes that contain no cheese at all -- and sometimes, they're even vegan. We're thinking specifically of vegan pot pie, vegan soba noodle dishes, and one of our all-time favorites, vegan risottos.

While we're admittedly huge cheese fans here at HuffPost Taste (have you seen our trick for getting the creamiest cheese sauce of all time? We made a video, because it's that important), we also value vegan food. This time of year we especially love nourishing food that doesn't weigh us down, but makes us feel good from the inside out. Vegan risotto is one of those foods. It's hearty, healthy and fortifying. What's more, the gradual process of making risotto is a great excuse to linger by the stove for warmth, and to slow things down a bit.

When most people think of risotto, they often think of cheese and butter. Dairy is by no means necessary for a creamy risotto, however. First, you can easily substitute olive oil for butter. Next -- and hang on, this isn't as hard for us to admit as you might think -- omitting the cheese isn't going to hurt you! The key to a creamy risotto is in the rice and the slow, steady stirring. Cheese is just a bonus. Risotto is traditionally made with short-grain rice, namely Arborio rice, which has a higher starch content than long-grain rice. The starch contributes to the creamy texture. Slowly ladled liquid and constant stirring is the other key to risotto's creaminess. While adding cheese in at the end doesn't hurt, it's simply not necessary for a rich and satisfying dish.

What about chicken stock, then? That's not mandatory either for a standout risotto. Vegetable stock, especially if it's homemade, can do wonders in a risotto dish. Mixed with some wine, and flavorful vegetables like onions, the base of your risotto can be even more exciting than chicken stock.

Don't believe us? Here are 13 vegan risotto recipes to convince you. Once you see how simple and rewarding vegan risotto can be, you'll be coming up with your own creations in no time.


16 High-Fiber Foods and Recipes That’ll Make You Want to Eat Them

You’ve probably heard: Most of us need to eat more fiber. American adults average a measly 10 to 15 grams per day. This, when the recommended daily amount to help prevent disease and promote good health is more than 25 grams.

Fiber, also known as “roughage,” keeps our bowels moving and our guts healthy. It also helps regulate cholesterol and blood sugar. So, what gives? Why aren’t we eating enough? Blame our love affair with processed foods.

Where is fiber found? In vegetables, legumes, fruit, and grains. Sit tight, we’re going to wow you with everything you need to pump up your diet with fiber. Warning: Take it slow if you’re a fiber newbie. Too much, too fast can cause gas, bloating and even constipation if you fail to stay hydrated.

1. Split peas

Say hello to this quiet superstar legume — the split pea. Split peas are seriously full of fiber —16.3 grams per cup, cooked. But they’re also high in carbs at 41 grams per cup, and easy to eat too fast.

So, treat them as a side dish like dhal, or a starter like soup to a meal that also features healthy fats. Filling and hearty enough to keep a vegetarian running, this split pea soup is easy-peas(y).

Yellow split peas give color to this South Asian riff on comfort food, lentil and spinach soup. Seasoned with healthy spices, turmeric, coriander, ginger, and chili peppers. And it’s finished with ghee, yum.

2. Lentils

Keep a bag of lentils — brown or green — in your pantry, and you’ll never go hungry. These kitchen all-stars will cook in minutes — and they don’t need a pre-soak! A cup contains 15.6 grams of fiber.

And sure, you can turn lentils into an awesome salad (just toss warm, cooked lentils in a little lemon juice and olive oil), but classics are classic for a reason. Try this ham and lentil soup, chock full of carrots, onions, and celery.

Feel more like a burger than soup? This recipe for lentil quinoa burgers with sautéed mushrooms transforms lentils into a juicy burger patty, seasoned with garlic, cumin, and lemon, and topped with mushroom sauce.

3. Black beans

When corn comes into season in summer, black bean salad is what you want. Soooo good with anything cooked on the grill.

But in winter, we use them in this vegetarian black bean and sweet potato chili.You can just imagine it, can’t you, the sweetness and comforting carbs against the smoky heat of chipotle peppers?

Oh, and black beans have 15 grams of fiber per cup, and are great sources of folate, manganese, and thiamine — nutrients that will make you feel awesome.

4. Lima beans

Let’s be honest. Limas are one of the most hated vegetables. It’s probably because many of us grew up pushing boiled frozen limas under a lettuce leaf.

But we’ve got news, people. Limas must be cooked with bacon! These starchy babies need help. Like this easy Texan recipe for limas with bacon, which brings out their creamy tenderness and seasons them real good, y’all.

In this leek and lima bean soup with bacon, the beans and leeks are sautéed in bacon fat, simmered in chicken stock, and then puréed into a naturally creamy soup.

These recipes make limas taste so seriously good we’re going to start calling them by their old-school name, “butter beans.” With 13.2 grams of fiber per cup, we’re starting to like butter beans!


15 Quick and Easy Healthy Recipes

Healthy meals don’t have to be boring, and they don’t have to take hours to make either. And with these 15 recipes, you’ll have a healthy meal on the dinner table in less than 30 min, and even the pickiest of eaters will be begging for seconds and thirds!

1. Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Sandwich – Greek yogurt is a wonderful healthy substitute, but no one has to know because you can’t even tell a difference. [GET THE RECIPE.]

2. One Pan Mexican Quinoa -Wonderfully light, healthy and nutritious. And it’s so easy to make – even the quinoa is cooked right in the pan. [GET THE RECIPE.]

3. Easy Burrito Bowls – Skip Chipotle and try these burrito bowls right at home. It’s easier, healthier and 10000x tastier. [GET THE RECIPE.]

4. Asian Quinoa Meatballs – Perfect as a light dinner over brown rice and a side of roasted vegetables. [GET THE RECIPE.]

5. Avocado Pasta – The easiest, most unbelievably creamy avocado pasta. And it’ll be on your dinner table in just 20 min. Done and done. [GET THE RECIPE.]

6. Broccoli Quinoa Casserole – Healthy, cheesy comfort food without any of the guilt. [GET THE RECIPE.]

7. Quinoa Chili – This vegetarian, protein-packed chili is the perfect bowl of comfort food. [GET THE RECIPE.]

8. Honey Salmon in Foil – A no-fuss, super easy salmon dish that’s baked in foil for the most tender, most flavorful salmon ever. [GET THE RECIPE.]

9. Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers – These stuffed bell peppers will provide the nutrition that you need for a healthy, balanced meal. [GET THE RECIPE.]

10. Cauliflower Chowder – A creamy, low carb, hearty and wonderfully cozy soup for those chilly nights. Or any other night of the week. [GET THE RECIPE.]

11. Quinoa Chicken Parmesan – With an amazingly crisp quinoa crust, you’ll never guess that this is actually so healthy and packed with tons of protein goodness. [GET THE RECIPE.]

12. Asian Turkey Lettuce Wraps – These simple wraps comes together in less than 30 min, and it’s incredibly hearty, healthy and filling. [GET THE RECIPE.]

13. Quinoa Black Bean Tacos – Quick, easy, healthy and full of flavor – even meat eaters will love this. [GET THE RECIPE.]

14. PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps – A copycat recipe that you can easily make right at home in just 20 minutes. And it tastes a million times better too. Seriously. [GET THE RECIPE.]

15. Quinoa Enchilada Casserole – A lightened-up, healthy enchilada bake chockfull of quinoa, black beans and cheesy goodness. [GET THE RECIPE.]