Hello, September. I adore Fall season, especially on the East Coast. (As a born and raised a Cali girl, I can tell you that Fall by the beach is a bit less festive.) From crispness in the air to chic fashion (brown suede boots are everything), I’m embracing it all. There are countless healthy ways to enjoy the new season. And what could be better than a healthy kick right before the indulgence overload that is the holidays?
Apple-Cinnamon Bake. Fall colors and flavors all mingled into one delicious dish. Chop up three apples (any type), toss with a 3 tbsp butter and sprinkle liberally with cinnamon. Bake on 400 degrees for 40 minutes, tossing halfway through. Add chopped pecans, raisins, or dates for extra pizzazz. Hint: Sinfully amazing with vanilla frozen yogurt.
Fall Foliage Jog. Grab that pullover and head out to your nearest park to enjoy a pleasant jog or brisk walk amidst the beautiful fall leaves. There you have it. Fifty shades of red and gold to brighten up the day. And, of course it’s acceptable to stop and stomp a crunchy leaf.
Veggie Delight. Seasonal veggies rock. Head to the farmer’s market with a big bag and keep an eye out for sweet potatoes, parsnips, zucchini, cauliflower, which are at peak in the Fall. Toss these beauties with salt, pepper, minced garlic and a drizzle of olive oil. Place in the oven at 375 for about 45 minutes, tossing occasionally. Perfect seasonal side dish for the next potluck.
Pumpkin Weights. Eyeing the biggest, baddest pumpkin of the patch for this year’s jack-o-lantern? Just remember to lift it up with your core and legs. Carrying home one of those bad boys from the store is sure to get your biceps pumping. Bonus if you have to lug it up a few flights of apartment building stairs. And while you’re at it, why not do a few sets of weighted squats?
Spiced Cider. This is a perfect dessert drink to curb my sweet tooth. I use a shortcut, starting with a few cups of 100% apple juice. Then, heat it up on the stove until it comes to a slight boil. Add two cinnamon sticks and a teaspoon of allspice. Turn heat to low and let simmer for a few minutes. Optional: fuzzy slippers and a crackling fireplace.
Fall Challenge. In celebration of the 2017 home stretch (yep, almost in the last quarter of the year!) get a group of friends together and plan a healthy outing. An outdoor yoga class, apple picking, a hike, or healthy picnic (and you can tote along my veggie delight suggestion from above!) are all great ways to get out there and enjoy the season before everyone heads their separate ways for winter break.
Now you’ve heard some of my favorite fall ideas. Have some of your own? Share in the comments below!