Game-Day Eats Any Football Fan Will Love to Try

If there’s one thing all football fans can agree on, it’s that you have to have the perfect snacks to get you through the big game. The next time you have your friends over to The Monterey to watch some football, make these game-day eats that everyone will love.

Super Quick Chili []
While cooking chili may seem like an all-day affair, it doesn’t have to be when you have a recipe like this one. In just under 30 minutes you can create a perfectly spicy, flavorful chili and serve it in miniature bread bowls made out of store-bought dinner rolls.

Asiago-Artichoke Dip []
Make your usual cheese dip a bit more sophisticated with this unique but equally simple recipe. The addition of prosciutto and green onions gives the cheesy concoction a big burst of flavor, and you can serve it with your choice of bagel chips, toasted bread slices, or gourmet crackers for easy dipping.

Crispy Baked Chicken Wings []
If you want to make classic chicken wings a bit healthier, this baked recipe is a great option. Instead of frying the wings in a deep fryer, this recipe involves baking them in the oven with a complex ginger-soy glaze that’s still spicy enough to satisfy your hot wing cravings.

Savor Fall Flavors With These Pumpkin Recipes

It’s not uncommon to want to stay inside once the weather starts to cool down, especially since there are so many tasty fall weather recipes to try out. If you start craving all things pumpkin as soon as the first day of autumn rolls around, you might want to add these brand new pumpkin recipes to your to-do list this weekend.

Pumpkin Butter []
Instead of buying store-bought pumpkin butter, try this recipe for an all-natural, wholesome alternative. It uses only four ingredients and a bit of blending, and once it’s complete you can spread it on breads, bagels, muffins, and all of your favorite baked goods.

Pumpkin Bread Rolls with Cinnamon Butter []
Can you think of two things that go together better than pumpkin and cinnamon? This recipe not only shows you how to make tasty and adorable rolls in the shape of real pumpkins, it also offers the perfect cinnamon butter to spread on top.

Spiced Butternut-Pumpkin Soup []
If you love pumpkin so much that you even want to eat it for lunch and dinner, this is the recipe for you. It’s equal parts sweet and savory, and it makes the perfect small appetizer for all of your autumn dinner parties.

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4 Health Benefits of Cranberries

You love to add tart cranberries to all of your holiday breads, sauces, and even cocktails, but did you know that there are actually hidden health benefits in all of those seasonal treats? Cranberries are packed full of vitamins and antioxidants, and they just might make you feel a bit less guilty about eating that extra dessert. Here are a few of the most common health benefits of cranberries.

  1. Cranberries contain a great deal of phytonutrients, or plant chemicals filled with disease-preventing compounds that turn into antioxidants in the body. These tiny phytonutrients are involved with inhibiting cancer cells from spreading throughout the body.
  2. Cranberries decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease by decreasing the body’s levels of “bad” cholesterol, or LDL cholesterol. This lowers blood pressures, inhibits blood clots, and can even prevents coronary artery disease.
  3. Cranberries are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin E, and fiber, all of which are essential daily nutrients.

What's New and Beneficial About Cranberries [The World’s Healthiest Foods]
Health Benefits of Cranberries [Dairy Council of California]
What are the health benefits of cranberries? [MNT]

Savory Recipes That Use Apples

While you might think of apple pie when you think of the fall season, there are also a number of autumn recipes that use apples in a more savory way. From salads and roasts to warm, creamy soups, these fall-ready recipes will breathe new life into everyone’s favorite seasonal fruit.

Chicken, Apple, and Fennel Salad []
Packed with protein and loaded with mustard flavor, this unique salad is the perfect light lunch on a chilly fall day. It uses julienned apples and sliced fennel instead of the usual greens, and the toasted almonds and homemade mustard dressing give it an exciting flavor and crunch.

Székelyalmás []
While the name seems complicated, this Hungarian dish of pork and apples in a cider cream sauce is really anything but. Because marjoram is the main spice, this dish has a unique, fragrant flavor that makes it feel truly special.

Roasted Winter Squash and Apple Soup []
Make a rich, creamy soup without the extra calories of something cream-based with this squash and apple version. This recipe contains fewer than 10 ingredients, but once pureed in a food processor, they create a complex flavor that is perfect for a cozy afternoon at home.

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It’s Never too Early to Start Shopping for the Holidays

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Fitness Friday

Fall into fitness with these tips for re-energizing your workout routine for autumn.

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Check Out These Surprising Health Benefits of Autumn’s Favorite Crop, Apples!

Apples are some of the most delicious types of fall produce, but they’re also packed with vitamins and nutrients that do your body some good. If you needed another reason to justify that second (or third) piece of apple pie, you’ll love this list of the many health benefits of apples.

  1. Cardiovascular health. The beneficial phytonutrients found in apples function as antioxidants and decrease the oxidation of cell membranes in the cardiovascular system. Quercetin, which is found mainly in the apple’s skin, is its main phytonutrient, but apples also contain chlorogenic acid, kaempferol and myricetin.
  2. Blood sugar regulation. The polyphenols in apples are also thought to help regulate blood sugar because they influence digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, reduce glucose absorption and stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin.
  3. Cancer prevention. Amazingly, apples have also been shown to prevent several types of cancers. They are even the only fruit or vegetable that’s been shown to prevent lung cancer.
  4. Asthma treatment. If you suffer from asthma, you may want to reach for an apple before your inhaler from now on. Apples contain a number of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients that work wonders on human lungs and have even been shown to decrease asthma symptoms.

What's New and Beneficial About Apples [The World’s Healthiest Foods]
5 Health Benefits of an Apple [Eating Well]
10 Reasons to Eat an Apple a Day [Care2]

Pitch Perfect Trivia

Tomorrow is Monterey Movie Night, and we have some fun Pitch Perfect facts compliments of our friends at Buzzfeed!

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