Soups and Stews
Most people prefer to reserve sweating for high-impact cardio, which is why soups and stews aren't often served during the stifling summer months. Once the temperature starts to dip, however, these steamy favorites begin to surface on dinner tables everywhere. Stews and soups, which usually feature meat, veggies and other hearty ingredients, are the perfect all-in-one meal. Chicken and dumplings, beef stew and vegetable soup are just a few options. Experts recommend a little bit of healthy judgment when partaking in these liquid meals, as calorie and fat counts can easily spiral out of control. Cream-based stews pack many more calories than broth- or vegetable-based stews. Also beware of adding excessive amounts of cheese, cream, rice and noodles, and serve your cup or bowl with a modest slice of bread [source: WebMD].