When the weather gets cooler, we start craving high-fat foods, like creamy soups, and mac ‘n cheese. So, here’s how to avoid Fall food dangers, and keep from adding a few fat rolls before Thanksgiving rolls around. This comes from WebMD:

  • The first fall danger: Oktoberfest food. One 12-ounce beer, a side of potato salad, and a bratwurst on a bun could set you back 800 calories – almost half the calories the average adult should eat in one day. The fix: Stick with light beer, for 40 fewer calories. Alternate the beer with water and fill up on low-fat sides, like white-radish salad, sauerkraut, and sautéed apple and red cabbage.  
  • Another Fall food that can derail your diet: Creamy soups and hearty stews. A bowl of cream of potato or broccoli cheese soup is 360 calories. Almost a thousand if it’s served in a bread bowl! A plate of beef stroganoff with noodles is about 420 calories. The fix: Choose broth-based soups without cream or cheese, like chicken noodle and veggie-based stews with less meat.
  • Another fall food danger: Mac ‘n cheese. It’s a favorite comfort food for both kids and adults, but one cup is about 400 calories. More if it contains sausage or ham. The fix: Modify the recipe by using low-fat cheese and milk and add veggies instead of meat to boost the nutrition and reduce the calorie content.  
  • One final way to derail your diet: Seasonal beverages that contain hundreds of calories, like hot chocolate, apple cider, eggnog, and hot toddies. For example, one cup of homemade hot cocoa – without whipped cream - is 190 calories and an eight-ounce eggnog is a whopping 340 calories. Studies show that people who drink liquid calories don’t reduce the amount of food they eat to compensate. The fix: If you want a hot beverage, sip a cup of tea – green or otherwise - which is calorie-free and rich in antioxidants. Or try a cup of warm non-fat milk sprinkled with nutmeg for only 86 calories.