Tis the season for crisp outdoor air, beautiful changing leaves, and cozying up in your favorite blankets and sweaters. As summer fades away and fall settles in, don’t miss out on all the fun, health-minded activities you can do with your family! Here is a small list of ways you can celebrate fall, connect with your loved ones, and engage in healthy family-centric activities that will stimulate your mind and body.
9 Fall-themed Healthy Activities
These ideas will give you all the fall feelings!
- Roast Your Favorite Fall Veggies: Butternut squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and other delicious veggies go great in the oven. Chop them up, drizzle them with olive oil and sprinkle on your favorite spices.
- Take a Walk or Walking Scavenger Hunt: Lace-up some boots or tennis shoes and enjoy the fall foliage with an invigorating hike! Or, go on a walking scavenger hunt to look for uniquely shaped colored leaves, pinecones, edible mushrooms, and other goodies.
- Go Apple or Pumpkin Picking: Both foods are fun to hunt for, and they will go great in all your fall-themed recipes this season.
- Visit a Local Farmer’s Market: Take your family and pick out all sorts of fresh, seasonal produce. Some fruits and veggies in season include apples, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cranberries, parsnips, Swiss chard, collard greens, cabbage, and pumpkin.
- Make Raking the Lawn a Fun Game: Get the whole family involved to jump in the leaf piles and throw them around, then have a contest to see who can bag up the leaves the fastest!
- Find Your Way through a Corn Maze: You and your family will love this immersive experience as you look for a way out and squeeze in a great walk.
- Get Creative with Fall Spices: Stock up on fall spices for a host of new recipes this season: cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, rosemary, saffron, cardamom, ginger, turmeric, and star anise.
- Go on a Family Bike Ride: Put on some windbreakers and take advantage of the crisp weather by bringing out the bicycles. Biking works your thigh muscles, quads, hamstrings, lower back, and also your core.
- Roast Pumpkin Seeds: After carving pumpkins and making Jack-O-Lanterns, salvage all the pumpkin seeds and throw them in the oven to roast! Sprinkle on some sea salt, drizzle a bit of olive oil, and consider adding other ingredients like paprika or garlic.
Outdoor active activities and getting creative in the kitchen can boost your mood, reduce stress, and bring you closer to your family. Enjoy the fall season while it lasts!