Yes, you can feast this season while still being smart about nutrition and money.
You'll rarely go wrong piling your plate with fruits and vegetables. Their high fiber and water content will fill you up with fewer calories, and their many nutrients can bolster your overall health. Not all produce is equally beneficial, however. Plantains and potatoes, for example, are full of starch, which is why nutritionists think of them more like grains than vegetables. A salad with tomatoes, green peppers, onions and cilantro is a better bet if you go easy on the dressing. For more texture, add avocados, which are loaded with healthy monosaturated fat.