Labor Day has passed, the air is a little bit cooler and the leaves are starting to change. This can only mean one thing: Fall is upon us! What it doesn't mean is that all the hard work you put into getting your beach body ready for summer is over and done with. In fact, it means just the opposite.

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Fall is the perfect time to continue to eat healthy with delicious recipes and seasonal produce. Here are 7 ways to eat healthfully during the fall season.

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Eat fresh produce that is in season

Not only is it cheaper when you buy it in season, but it is much healthier for you, too. Root vegetables such as beets, parsnips and turnips keep us grounded during the hectic back-to-school season. Try roasting them at 400 degrees for 20–25 minutes with some olive oil, salt and pepper for a delicious vegetable medley.

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Have a pumpkin party

No other food screams “Fall!” like the pumpkin does. Pumpkins are naturally low in calories and high in beta-carotene — hence their bright orange hue. Invite your girlfriends over and have them bring a healthy pumpkin dish. Replacing eggs with pumpkin is another way to save calories in baked goods. These pumpkin recipes are sure to impress your friends.

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Enjoy the last of summer’s produce

Can your tomatoes and berries so that you can enjoy homemade tomato sauce and blueberry jam at any time of year. Also, freeze peaches and mangoes while they are at their peak ripeness and throw them into your morning smoothie to have a little hint of summer during fall.

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Go apple picking

It's a great way to get outside and enjoy the colors of fall. Walking around an apple orchard will work up your appetite. An apple a day keeps the doctor away, and it doesn't get any fresher than picking your own fruit.

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Make some soup

As the weather starts cooling down, your body will naturally crave warmer, heartier foods. Try this creamy broccoli soup to stay warm and avoid getting sick.

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Take out your slow cooker

There’s nothing better than warming up with a hearty meal that you don’t have to babysit all day. Throw all of the ingredients into your slow cooker before work and come home to a delicious dinner that’s ready to eat.

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Lighten up your favorite football snacks

Even if you aren't a big football fan, you could find yourself watching the game with friends during the weekend or be invited to a “Sunday-Funday” viewing party. Game day food is notoriously greasy, fried and fattening, but it doesn't have to be. Lighten up your favorites with alternatives like this waist-friendly spinach and artichoke dip.

How will you celebrate your health this fall? However you do it, be sure to take advantage of this great season and have fun while doing it.

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