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7 Ways To Eat Healthier Without Even Trying

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1. Make healthier fries out of in-season root vegetables.

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Cut veggies like winter squash, parsnips, turnips, and carrots into fries, then season and bake 'em. It's a great, healthier way to satisfy a carb craving.

Recipes (from left): Paprika Parsnip Fries, Butternut Squash Fries, Baked Parmesan Carrot Fries

2. Turn your favorite fall pie flavors into healthy bowls of oatmeal.

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If you love pie, you should definitely indulge in your favorite slice at least once this season, but doing so on a regular basis means lots of extra sugar, fat, and calories. Instead, amp up your breakfast oatmeal with things like pumpkin, apples and spices (and maybe a little sugar). The extra fiber from the fruits and veggies will help keep you fuller longer, and the pie flavors your breakfast evokes will keep you happy all day.

Recipes (from left): Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal, Apple Pie Oatmeal

4. If you want something cozier than a salad, try a veggie-filled grain bowl.

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Whether you want to stick to a grain you know (brown rice, quinoa) or try something new (farro, buckwheat, kamut, wheat berries...), you can't really go wrong cooking a big batch of grains and tossing it with your favorite veggies. Cooked or raw vegetables will work, and you can use whatever spices, herbs, and seasonings you want. Adding things like olives or chopped sun dried tomatoes will lend even more flavor, especially if you pour on a little bit of the oil they're packed in.

5. DIY those cozy fall drinks instead of buying them. They'll be so much healthier that way.

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As temperatures drop, the idea of picking up something hot to sip on while you walk becomes more and more irresistible. The problem is, those coffee drinks and hot chocolates are usually loaded with sugar and fat. Try recreating your favorites at home with less sugar, or swap whole milk for lower-calorie almond milk; you'll save mega calories without sacrificing flavor. This Healthier PSL has way less sugar than the original, plus it's cheaper and tastes just as good.

6. Warm up with a broth-based soup.

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Broth-based soups are lower in calories than their cream-based counterparts, but if you make 'em right they're just as satisfying. Use homemade chicken stock instead of the store-bought kind, season with salt and spices while you cook, and add more delicate veggies at the very end to keep them from getting mushy or too wilted.

Recipes (clockwise, from left): Chicken Soup with Root Vegetables, Tuscan Bean Soup

7. Or, try a meat-free stew.

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