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Fall Soups and Stews
Few things are more comforting on a chilly fall day than a hot bowl of soup or stew. Besides comfort, soups and stews are an excellent way to pack a variety of nutrient-rich foods all in one bowl.
Take advantage of the wide variety of vegetables at their peak during the fall months, such as butternut squash, celery, onions and carrots. Keep these simple tips in mind and you'll have a pot of warmth loaded with nutrition:
- Thicken soups and stews with pureed beans, low-fat refried beans, potatoes or other vegetables, and nonfat dry milk (which adds calcium without fat). Or, puree part of the soup and add it back as a thickener.
- If using store-bought broths, choose low-sodium varieties.
- Refrigerate soups and stews before eating if possible. Fat will harden as it chills and can be easily skimmed off with a spoon.
- Add fresh herbs at the end to boost flavor without adding salt.
- Top each bowl with a sprinkle of fresh grated low-fat cheese for flavor but not too much fat and calories.
For more information on how to lead a healthier lifestyle, consult a registered dietitian and visit our Eat Right Nutrition Tips section.
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