The leaves are changing color, the days are getting shorter, and the weather is getting cooler. Autumn brings beautiful scenery, crisp cool air, and a lots of new opportunities. Summer went by in a flash, and before you know it, winter will be creeping up on us. Take advantage of everything autumn has to offer before it’s time to bundle up in our boots and mittens! Here’s our Fall Bucket List for your best fall yet!
Explore Your Local Fall Farmers Market
Squash, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes, oh my! Fall farmers markets are full of new and exciting produce options. You can also find goodies such as brussel sprouts, mushrooms, carrots, pears, and apples. Take advantage of these options and the final stretch of farmers market season while you can. Buying produce from your local farmers market helps support a healthy community and stimulates your local economy!
Play in the leaves
Remember when you were younger, and you didn’t care when your hair was a mess and full of freshly fallen leaves? Channel your inner kid and have some carefree fun! Spend the day with your family raking up piles of leaves as high as your shoulders, and don’t forget to dive into the sea of orange and red! It’s the perfect way to welcome the new season even if it does mean spending the next couple of days pulling leaf particles from your hair and clothes.
Explore a Corn Maze
Gather the family and head over to a community corn maze. Corn mazes are a great opportunity to get outside and get moving! If you have younger kids, corn mazes are usually kid-friendly before dark. Spooky sites tend to come out after the sun sets, but be sure to double check to ensure this activity is age-appropriate!
Carve a Pumpkin and Save the Seeds
Every kid loves to dig their hands into a freshly carved pumpkin and playing with the slimy guts inside, but hold up before you toss them in the trash! Did you know you can take those slimy little seeds and eat them? They may be small, but they are awfully powerful! Those little guys are packed full of heart healthy goodness like magnesium and Omega-3’s! Try this recipe for Roasted Maple Cinnamon Pumpkin Seeds:
2 cup pumpkin seeds
2 tsp sea salt
1 Tbs coconut oil
1 Tbs pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Preheat oven to 375F
- Boil seeds with half of the sea salt for 10 minutes, cleaning off any pumpkin residue
- Drain and pat the seeds dry and toss them in coconut oil, maple syrup, cinnamon, and remaining sea salt
- Bake on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper for about 20 minutes
Note: use any of your favorite spices and seasonings to create your favorite flavor profiles!
Go Apple Picking
Did you know October is National Apple Month? There are over 7000 varieties of apples around the world! That means you would have to eat 226 different kinds of apples every day in the month of October to try them all…so maybe that’s a little too ambitious. Rather than celebrating by trying them all, grab your family for a day trip to a nearby apple orchard! Hand pick the freshest and prettiest apples of the bunch for healthy snacking all season long! Try this two ingredient, sugar-free, super simple homemade applesauce recipe:
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 tsp cinnamon
- Peel, core, and chop apples
- Place ingredients in crockpot on high for about 4 hours
- Mash apples until a smooth texture forms, or leave it chunky!
Plan a family hike or bike
Enjoy the crisp air by going on a family bike or hiking trip! Find nearby trails and plan for a full afternoon of activity. Do a little research beforehand to find a trail that is the appropriate difficulty for your kids to ensure you have fun! Don’t forget to pack fresh water and some healthy snacks like fruit, nuts, and fresh veggies to keep you and your family properly fueled throughout your adventure. Use this opportunity to admire the colorful scenery and cooler weather.
Build a Campfire
Send off summer with one last campfire. Gather your friends and family around for the final campfires of the year. This time skip out on the marshmallows and swap it for grilled seasonal fruit. Fruit is nature’s candy, and grillin’ it turns a plain snack into a delicious dessert!
Before hunkering down for the winter, let’s enjoy this fall by experiencing all it has to offer!