? Fall can be a busy time for many people; school is back in session, the holidays are just around the corner, and many weekends are spent at soccer tournaments or college football games.? It can be difficult to find ways to enjoy the season without throwing your whole schedule off.? That?s why we want to share some fun, simple ways you and your family can stay active during this fall season!

Naturally, many people think of apple picking when fall is mentioned. This tradition is a fun way to incorporate some fun physical activity ? plus, you get to bring home some fresh, crispy apples at the end!? If you visit an apple orchard, try these cinnamon skillet apples for a lighter twist on the classic favorite or these chocolate peanut butter wedges for a wholesome snack. Another favorite fall outing is visiting a pumpkin patch and picking out the ?perfect pumpkin?. This tradition is loved by children and adults alike, which makes it a perfect family trip. Instead of throwing away the seeds once the pumpkins have been carved, try roasting them for a good source of plant-based fiber and protein. Incorporating different spices such as cayenne or garlic powder can add a new kick to an old favorite. If you don?t have kids or carving pumpkins isn?t your thing, you can still go to the patch and pick out a couple of small pumpkins to use in delicious fall recipes. Most recipes call for pureed pumpkin, such as this savory slow cooker turkey chili or creamy pumpkin garlic spaghetti.? These dishes will bring the flavors of fall right into your home as well as provide antioxidants and Vitamins that may boost your immune system – especially important during these months!

This season is a wonderful time to head outdoors and enjoy the cool temperatures and changing leaves.? Research different hiking trails or nearby state/national parks and plan a picnic with friends and loved ones.? Take a morning hike to soak in the beauty of fall before picking a spot to enjoy some tasty chicken veggie pinwheels and savory trail mix.? You can even bring along a camera to try your hand at some artistic photos!? An additional way to enjoy all that this season offers is to visit a local farmers market (Like Soda City on Main Street in Columbia every Saturday) or fall festival.? These events often offer a variety of seasonal vegetables, treats, and games that the whole family can enjoy. While you?re there, challenge yourself to choose an ingredient you?ve never prepared before, such as a butternut, spaghetti, or acorn squash. These vegetables are high in vitamins (like Vitamin C and Vitamin A), fiber (important for feeling full and satisfied and a healthy gut microbiome). After you?ve found the perfect squash, find a recipe such as this brown sugar roasted acorn squash or burrito butternut squash boats to try out.? You never know ? you could find a new fall favorite!

What are your favorite healthy ways to be active and eat well during the Fall season? Let us know!