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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at McGill chapter.

Hot apple cider, apple crisp, pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice lattes are only a few of the many fall delicacies with which we stuff ourselves. This is the season for indulgence and while the food is indisputably delicious, the ramifications of our calorie intakes may sabotage our fashion-ready fall figures.  

Trying to resist those chocolate chip cookies your friends just baked or that apple pie they bought at Provigo can seem impossible. Having virtually no self control myself when it comes to food, I need healthier options available to me. Following easy recipes like the ones I’ve listed below, you can have the best of both worlds: a satisfied stomach and a fit figure.  

Preparing these treats will give you a break from the perpetual cycle of studying that is college and reward you for all those hardworking hours. A perfect balance between healthy and delicious, you will never again feel the need to count calories or unecessarily stress about putting on pounds.  

So listen up ladies… here are some simple, low-fat recipes that will satiate your cravings without making you gain weight:


1.     Pumpkin Smoothie

Imagine yourself drinking pureed pumpkin pie in a glass and not feeling badly about doing so afterwards… this is the miracle of the low-fat pumpkin smoothie. With only 167 calories, it’s the perfect study snack that will motivate you to finish that paper you’ve been dreading. Just blend the seven simple ingredients and you’re ready to go.

2.     Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bars



While Starbucks’ pumpkin spice lattes and cinnamon swirl coffee cakes are easy to pick up on your way to class, take the time to try out some of these homemade alternatives. It could just save you 300 calories. And let’s face it, nothing’s better than homemade desserts. No, not even Starbucks.  


3.     Tiramisu Shots



TIRAMISU SHOTS. What else is there to say? These healthy favors are a must-have at every party. They will scream taste, make your event effortlessly classy, and go down with no regrets at a mere 74 calories. Fall has never tasted so good.  



4.     Hot Spiced Cider


Who can make it through the fall without hot cider? Simply said, it sets the mood and is our drink of choice on a chilly fall day. It gives us that extra warmth when our coats fail us. So drink up, girls. This 100 calorie version will keep you feeling slim and snug for months.  




5.     Butternut Squash Soup with Chilli & Crème Fraîche


If you’re looking for a main course or a side dish, this butternut squash soup is for you. Your taste buds will explode after just one spoonful of this spiced perfection. At 264 calories, it’s a guilt-free, savory addition to your fall palate.    


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