By Dr. Janet Brill
As the leaves turn and the weather gets cooler, it’s tempting to put off the exercise routine, head for the couch and snack on those not-so-healthy comfort foods. The good news is there are plenty of fantastic fall activities that you can pair with delicious comfort foods to help you maintain your fitness routine, eat well and still celebrate the beauty of the season—healthfully! Here are 4 fun fall exercise and nutrition tips to help you stay the course:
Dr. Janet’s Light and Sweet Mashed Acorn Squash
Yields: 8 servings, 1 serving = ½ cup
Pre-heat oven to 400° F. Cut the acorn squash in half and remove the seeds. Place the acorn squash halves in a 9 x 9 inch or 9 x 13 inch pan with the flesh facing down. Fill the pan with ½ inch of water. Place the pan in the oven and roast the acorn squash for 45-60 minutes until the flesh is soft. Remove the pan from the oven and let the acorn squash cool for 10-15 minutes before scooping out the soft flesh into a bowl. Add the maple syrup, walnuts, and raisins and mix well. Serve hot or cold for breakfast, dinner or dessert!
Nutrient Information per Serving (1/2 cup): Calories: 82 calories, Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 5 mg, Carbohydrate: 19 g, Dietary Fiber: 5 g, Sugar: 7g, Protein: 1 g
In the words of the artist, writer and poet, Mary Anne Radmacher, “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’ ” If the change in season has led you to veer off your health and fitness course, tap into your inner strength and in your own quiet voice be sure to ‘try again tomorrow.’