Food is often one of the first things that come to mind when people think of fall. The meals associated with this season often conjure feelings of comfort and warmth, but also concerns about weight gain. The bounty of food that fall has to offer can seem like a horrible temptation when you're on a diet, but with the Food Lovers Fat Loss System, you can still indulge in all of your favorite fall meals, worry-free. The key to succeeding at this program is careful moderation. Here are a couple of healthy meals you should enjoy this autumn that will satisfy your yearning for hearty dishes while keeping you slim:

Winter squash
What screams fall more than a beautifully prepared squash sitting on your dining room table? This food is perfect for the season because, when you're done using it as a decoration, you can bake or puree it for a satisfying meal. The best part is, you can make a variety of dishes using this one ingredient. For instance, try preparing Glazed Acorn Squash with Rosemary:

Serves: 4 equal-sized portions

Ingredients:

  • 2 acorn squash
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of demerara sugar
  • 3/4 cup of unsweetened orange juice

Cut your two squash in half, peel and then throw away the center fibers and seeds. Cut each half crosswise into 1/2-inch slices and place in a large pan. Next, stir the sugar into the orange juice and pour it over the squash. Sprinkle the rosemary on top and cook it covered over medium heat for 15 minutes. After this time, turn the squash over, raise the heat and cook uncovered until the squash is tender and the sauce has been reduced.

The best part about this recipe is that it's quick and simple, so after a long day of rushing the kids around to various events and activities, you can come home to an easily prepared dish. However, make sure you incorporate all the necessary Fat Loss Plate components with this meal, such as fast carbs, slow carbs and protein. Fast carbs are foods that the body can quickly break down into sugar, while slow carbs tend to contain more fiber. Squash is considered a slow carb, so pair it with some sort of protein, like ham or chicken, and a small bowl of fruit, and you're all set!

Baked acorn squash sliced and served on a plate with cooked carrots and a mushroom cream sauce. Make your home feel like fall by baking an acorn squash for dinner.

Beef stew
Stew is the perfect meal to make after a long, cold day, and the best part is that it's full of healthy ingredients. It's also a useful dish for big families because it usually makes a lot of servings. If you're trying to find a good, healthy recipe, here is one you should try definitely try:

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds of lean beef stew meat, cubed
  • 2 cups of potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup of chopped celery
  • 4 medium carrots, sliced
  • 3 small onions, quartered
  • One 14.5-ounce can of low-sodium tomatoes (including the liquid)
  • 10 ounces of low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup of dry red table wine
  • 2 tablespoons of arrowroot (mixed with 2 tablespoons of water)

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Brown the beef cubes on all sides in a Dutch oven over medium to medium-high heat. When the meat is browned, add in the tomatoes, broth and wine. Next, you'll want to season the dish with the garlic powder, marjoram and pepper. Bring it all to a boil, stirring often, and add the potatoes, celery, carrots and onions. Season to taste with the pepper.

Mix everything together well, then cover and bake in the preheated oven, stirring occasionally. You're going to cook the stew in the oven for about two hours or until the meat is tender. Stir in the arrowroot mixture before serving, stirring until the sauce thickens. 

A bowl full of beef stew. Prepare a savory dish of beef stew for you and your family that will curb hunger but not ruin your weight-loss goals.

When you make these fat-loss meals, the house will be filled with those delectable fall-food aromas, and you'll still have plenty of time to get other activities done. The best part about this beef stew recipe is that it is considered a Fat Loss Solo meal, which means it incorporates all of the different carbs and proteins you need in each meal into one dish. If you're a busy parent who doesn't have time to prepare a whole entree and side dishes each evening, then try making this solo to feed your family a filling, delicious meal. 

The important thing to remember when eating these different dishes is to maintain the correct proportions. Overeating and not balancing meals is often where people go wrong with their weight-loss plans. However, with Food Lovers Fat Loss System, you'll not only get more appetizing recipes like the ones above, but you'll also be given more tips on how to evenly balance your foods. If you're interested in other fat-loss recipes, check out these Food Lovers Sample Recipes



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