Sweet potato casserole, apple pie, and pumpkin bread are all synonymous with fall. But they're not exactly low-calorie. Instead, eat more of these ten delicious autumn foods that are great for weight loss:

1. Beets

1. Beets

Beets are a sweet root vegetable that's super healthy for you. They contain betalain, which is a phytonutrient that has been shown to help detoxify your body. When your body eliminates toxins, it can metabolize food more efficiently. Try roasting sliced beets in the oven and then topping them with some goat cheese for a yummy side dish.

2. Pears

2. Pears

Pears along with apples are the quintessential fall food. They're rich in pectin, which is a soluble fiber that helps you feel fuller for longer. Pears make great snacks!

3. Brussels sprouts

3. Brussels sprouts

Brussel sprouts are low in calories but high in fiber. They're also packed with vitamin K, a nutrient that has been associated with less abdominal fat. Try roasting some Brussels sprouts with olive oil and garlic.

4. Pumpkin

4. Pumpkin

Pumpkins aren't just for pie! They're actually a superfood. Filled with vitamins A, C, and K, pumpkin is a nutritious fall treat. Just one cup of pureed pumpkin contains 7 grams of fiber. For a healthy breakfast, stir two tablespoons of pumpkin puree into a cup of greek yogurt and sprinkle with cinnamon.

5. Turnips

5. Turnips

While most people overlook turnips, they're rich in sulfur, a mineral that helps boost your metabolism. Turnips also are low in calories. Try eating them raw in salads or mashed as a potato substitute.

6. Figs

6. Figs

Figs are the perfect natural dessert because they're sweet and easy to eat. Figs also contain lots of fiber and other essential nutrients, such as vitamin B6 and potassium.

7. Acorn squash

7. Acorn squash

This winter squash contains under 60 calories per cup and is packed with vitamin C, potassium and fiber, all of which stabilize blood sugar levels and keep you full. Simply roast some acorn squash with butter, cinnamon, and honey.

8. Rainbow chard

8. Rainbow chard

Rainbow chard is super colorful and nutritious. It is high in vitamins K, C, and A, and rainbow chard only contains 35 calories per cup. Sautee it with some olive oil and garlic.

9. Sweet potatoes

9. Sweet potatoes

Forget regular potatoes -- reach for sweet potatoes instead. They're packed with vitamins A and C as well as fiber. Roast sweet potatoes in the oven for a delicious side dish.

10. Apples

10. Apples

This favorite fall food is rich in fiber, full of vitamins, and low in calories. Throw chopped up apples into a salad or pair with peanut butter for a healthy afternoon snack.

Indulge in these harvest delights

While fall is filled with plenty of tempting pumpkin spice lattes, apple cider, and sweet potato pie, it's better to indulge in healthy fall fruits and vegetables. Incorporate a few of the above foods into your diet, and watch your waistline shrink.

References
  1. "7 Delicious Fall Foods That are Great for Weight Loss," Women's Health, September 16, 2014.
  2. "7 Fall Foods That are Perfect for Weight Loss," Self, September 9, 2016.
  3. "20 Fall Superfoods for Weight Loss You Should Be Eating This Season," Redbook, October 15, 2018.

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