Fall. There are many reasons why it’s a lovely season…however, health wise we get exposed to lots of sugary cravings: pumpkin pies, lovely pecan tarts, greasy gravy, buttery bread buns…you name it! So it can become quite of a challenge to stay away from these types of foods..or even more find a healthy alternative. I stumbled upon this article on the Shape Magazine website and found it extremely helpful. I don’t know why but I’ve got this crazy obsession with finding out the nutrients (or lack thereof) found in the foods I eat. I find it, that in order to eat healthier, and be healthier you’ve got to be willing to put in some research hours…Read…Read..Read. Nowadays the Internet is such a great tool! (As long as you use reliable resources…) So I wanted to share this amazing article with you: Top 50 Fall Foods for Weight Loss – Shape Magazine. I love these little slideshows they create because they name the food, describe its nutrients and then suggest how to use it/incorporate into meals. One of my favorite ingredients from the list is Cinnamon: “Cinnamon is loaded with manganese, fiber, calcium, and iron, making it the perfect spice to add to your meals. It’s also a natural appetite suppressant that decreases blood sugar, manages insulin, and revs up your metabolism.” I use cinnamon all year long – I love the smell of it, plus it enhances so many baked goods & breakfast foods. Incorporate some into your morning cup of joe or fruit smoothie and that way it will help suppress that crazy hunger you get when starting the day. Another great Fall spice that’s powerfully healthy: nutmeg. “Nutmegis low in sodium and cholesterol and high in fiber and manganese, which is a catalyst for breaking down fats and cholesterol—an important process for weight loss…However, be sure to use it in small doses, as larger amounts (full cloves) could be toxic.” I think spices are a great way of adding flavor to your meals without packing on the fat. Researchers from Penn State University found that spices (including cloves) can help improve your body’s response to high-fat meals.And, cloves have been shown to improve insulin function in people with Type 2 diabetes. I thinks they are key into making delectable healthy meals. Other great items from the it list: apples, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin,garlic, cloves, pears, pecans, dates and way more! So get cooking, be healthy and stay inspired.