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But you can satisfy your body’s need for warmth and bulk without expanding your waistline. After all, fall is harvest time and vegetables abound. Naturally low in calories, the season’s produce is known for their filling quality and healthfulness.
“Fall vegetables are often considered hearty because they're densely packed with nutrients,” says Stephanie Gailing, MS, nutrition education consultant in Seattle, WA. For instance, one cup of cooked Swiss chard contains almost 390 percent of the daily value of vitamin K, while one cup of kale provides 240 percent of the daily value for vitamin A.
For a winter treat, whip up a scrumptious soup. Not only will it take the chill out of your bones, it can also help ward off winter weight gain. “Soups made with lots of vegetables are high in dietary fiber, which will fill you up while keeping calories to a minimum,” says Melanie Polk, RD, director of nutrition for the American Institute for Cancer Research.
Overcooking not only leaves vegetables mushy and unappealing to the palate, it can also suck out some of their nutrients. To cook vegetables to perfection, follow Stephanie Gailing’s, MS, simple tips.
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