BLOG: It’s officially fall! While it is hard to see the summer fade, most of us know that Upstate New York is the place to be this season. And the weather has certainly made it clear: you may need to bundle up before picking apples and enjoying fall festivities this year. However, when a cozy sweater and scarf aren’t enough, many turn to food as a way to warm up on a cool day. Unfortunately, the combination of heavy comfort foods and a decline in activity makes it easy for residents in the northeast to gain weight during the fall months. Traditional favorites, such as meatloaf or potpie, can pack unwanted calories, fat and sodium. In fact, just one slice of meatloaf can have 300 calories and 20g of fat, while potpie provides up to 500 calories, 30g of fat and nearly 40% of your daily sodium intake! Fortunately, Stewart’s has quick and easy solutions to keep you warm, while still allowing time to enjoy all the fall has to offer. As the weather cools down, local shops will start to fill their counters with seasonal and healthier food to go options! Look for a few of my favorite mealtime solutions at your local shop this season:
-Stewart’s Chicken Noodle Soup: One serving provides 8g of protein for only 80 calories, 1g of fat and 0g of sugar! Even better, the process of making soup preserves many of the vitamins and minerals found in the vegetables of this delicious recipe…giving you more nutritional bang for your buck!
-Stewart’s Chili: With 290 calories and 5g saturated fat, one serving also provides 18g of protein, 6g of fiber and 7g of heart-healthy fats! Stewart’s chili is also an excellent source of calcium, Vitamin A and iron, making this hearty dish a great on-the-go meal option.
-Chicken Pasta Italiano Soup: Tomatoes provide a vegetable base for this nutritious and delicious selection. Once serving provides 170 calories with 8g of protein, 3g of fiber and 4g of heart-healthy unsaturated fats. This recipe is also made with a variety of different color peppers that offer important vitamins and minerals in each bite!
My tip: Grab any of these delicious options as a quick lunch; take them outside and enjoy the fresh fall air. Or grab them after work as you head to watch school sports, chances are your athlete might want a bite too!
-Christine Sloat MS, RD, CDN
About Christine: Christine Sloat is a Registered Dietitian and life-long resident of upstate New York. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Dietetics from the University of Delaware, and a Master’s of Science in Applied Nutrition from The Sage Colleges in Troy. She has a nutrition consulting business, Nutritious Notions LLC.