- Apple and Pumpkin Picking. No list of fall activities would be complete without apple and pumpkin picking. Enjoy time with your family outside in the crisp air while spending the day on your feet. Add a little healthy competition by challenging your loved ones to find the biggest or reddest apple.
- Cook a healthy apple dish. After you spend the day picking your favorite apples, cook up a healthy apple dish. Avoid the temptation to make an appley dessert, and try Veggiecation’s Sweet Potato Cakes with Applesauce.
- Botanical Gardens. Hands down, the foliage is one of my favorite parts of fall. What better way to experience the beautiful red, yellow, and orange greenery than to visit a botanical garden. There are botanical gardens in a variety of cities, including New York, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Atlanta. Each one has an abundance of wildlife and terrain, which will keep you on your feet all day.
- Visit a Farmers Market. Farmers markets showcase a variety of beautiful colors in the fall. Orange squash, green brussels sprout, purple eggplant, and white cauliflower are just some, to name a few. Visit your local farmers market to pick up a variety of fall fruits and vegetables and make a healthy colorful dish at home, like the recipe of the month: Warm Autumn Quinoa Salad with Brussels Sprout and Squash. Challenge yourself to buy as many colors as you can find!
- Hike. Hiking is another great way to see fall foliage and enjoy the mountain air. Hiking may seem like an intense activity, but there are trails for people of all skill levels. Almost every mountain has flat easy terrain as well as steep difficult hikes.
Natalie Rizzo is a Dietetic Intern at Teachers College, Columbia University, a Veggiecation certified Nutrition Educator, and a Nutrition blogger. Natalie believes in living a healthy and active lifestyle, which shows in her writing about nutrition info, fitness tips, and healthy recipe creations. Check out Natalie’s blog at www.nutritionalanatalie.com and follow Natalie on Twitter @Nutritionalanat.