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5 healthier alternatives for your favorite fall treats

Decadent treats and tasty sweets are all around during the holiday season. This can make it tricky to stick to your health and fitness goals. Thankfully, you can have your cake and eat it too with these good for your body options! Not only do these swaps taste amazing, they also provide much needed nutrients for you to recover from your morning workouts.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

Yeah, as in that specialty holiday coffee drink that you see on everyone’s Instagram. I mean, there’s a reason why everyone gets them – they taste incredible! But you can nix the sugary option and get your holiday cheery coffee for only 47 calories a cup! We tested this out recently in our HQ kitchen and made an easy-peasy version that takes minutes to whip up. Oh, and the recipe makes enough for a pal, so invite your bestie over for the flavor party!

Cheesy, Creamy Soups

The best soups have a creamy texture that give substance to the meal. This usually comes from cheese, milk, or cream. To get the same consistency with a friendlier waistline effect, we swapped in cauliflower. We love cauliflower because it’s packed with vitamin C, B vitamins, and fiber. When cooked with broth or water, cauliflower softens and blends into a dreamy texture that will make your taste buds think it’s eating something naughty! Try out our Rosemary Cauliflower Soup recipe.

Morning Toast

We love avocado toast as much as the next gal, but you can get the same flavors with even more nutrients by using sweet potato! We toasted thin slices of sweet potato in the oven and spread on our favorite toppings. It’s the perfect low calorie, high nutrient snack or breakfast item! Plus, it’s packed with the antioxidant powerhouse beta-carotene to boost your immune system.

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Donut Holes

These little guys can be hard to pass up while grabbing your morning coffee. But did you know you can make a HEALTHY version? We created ridiculously tasty Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes using pumpkin puree and our organic, non-GMO Perfect Fit Protein. It has six grams of protein to help you get through the mid-afternoon snack attack!


A warm bowl of spaghetti always sounds spectacular on a chilly fall night, but there are better alternatives for reaching your fitness goals. Get the same warm and fuzzy feeling with zucchini noodles! Each zucchini is packed with vitamin C, potassium, and fiber to make you feel satisfied and give your body the nutrients it needs! Pro tip – if you slightly sauté the noodles on medium heat for 30 seconds, it tastes even more like traditional pasta!

Want even more healthy recipes to keep your body happy!? Check out our Tone It Up Nutrition Plan! It has thousands of recipes using nothing but the best ingredients for your beautiful body!

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5 healthier alternatives for your favorite fall treats
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