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Who doesn’t love fall? That crisp in the air, sweaters and boots, and of course the food! Some of the best seasonal desserts come along with the holidays that fall within the autumn months. However, these treats are not always the healthiest choices and can have an impact on our overall heart health. Try some of these healthier alternatives to keep your cardiovascular health in check, while still partaking in seasonal traditions:

  • Apple Toffee Tartlets
    These fruity fall pastries are a great healthy choice that are low in calories and can be kept frozen for months! Use muffin cups to shape your refrigerated pie crust, then fill with vitamin-rich apples and toffee pieces.
  • Baked Pumpkin Pudding
    Canned pumpkin isn’t just for pies. Try pie in a smaller portion by throwing it in a pudding cup! Interestingly, pumpkin is packed full with nutrients that can benefit your heart health, such as potassium, Vitamin C and fiber. This recipe captures all that pumpkin pie taste  we know and love, but without the calorie-laden crust.
  • Pumpkin Seeds
    Pumpkin seeds are high in vitamins and low in calories, making them a great snack in the fall. There are countless ways you can dress them up to include all of your favorite flavors! If you want to keep it basic, though, simply drizzle the seeds with either olive or canola oil and lightly salt before baking. It doesn’t get much easier than that!
  • Caramel and Apples
    This heart-healthy fall treat can also be tied into a fun fall activity with the family! Apple picking is a great way to spend quality time with loved ones, while getting some fresh air and getting your apples straight from the source. Not only are apples cost effective, but they also contain a plethora of phytonutrients and antioxidants, which are known to fight heart disease. To make them more fun, try dipping in sugar-free caramel sauce or peanut butter.
  • Apple Chips
    You can also use some of your apples from the apple picking trip to make this great snack! Swap out those fatty potato chips and keep it seasonal with homemade apple chips. Toss thinly-sliced apple with cinnamon and sugar, then bake. The whole family will be begging you to keep making more!

Here at AMS Cardiology, we are committed to preventing and treating all aspects of cardiovascular disease. As one of the most well-respected groups in the Philadelphia region, we bring the latest state of the art cardiovascular care to our patients. Our goal has always been to treat patients with the respect, empathy and professionalism that they deserve. If you have any questions about your cardiovascular health, visit our website or call us at (215) 517-1000.

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