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Ten Fresh Starts for Fall

Beets, Celery Root, Carrots

Just because there is a nip in the air doesn’t mean you should go into hibernation mode! Embrace the season with these fresh ideas.

  1. Savor seasonal produce. Autumn is the perfect time to find fun recipes that feature beets, celery root, rutabaga and more.
  2. With the change in the season comes a change in the family schedule. Schedule in “mini-workouts” of 10 or 15 minutes of physical activity to keep you on track while you adjust.
  3. Clean out those cupboards! You’ve heard of spring cleaning—here’s your six-month reminder to restock pantry items that support your healthy eating habits.
  4. Get creative at an apple orchard or pumpkin patch. Stretching to pick fruit, squatting to grab a gourd, or strolling alongside a hayride (instead of hopping on), all contribute to better fitness.
  5. Take advantage of the time change and power down a little earlier with a good book or a luxurious bubble bath ... Or, combine the two!
  6. Go for a bike ride. The air is fresh and cool, and the leaves are changing. Because it’s not as hot, you might find yourself logging more mileage than in the summer months.
  7. Spice it up! Add a cinnamon stick to some apple cider, cloves to pumpkin bread or nutmeg with baked squash.
  8. Reimagine a fall chore as a great source of exercise. Aside from the benefits of being out in the crisp, fresh air, raking leaves works your muscles and burns calories, too!
  9. Get a holiday head start. Before you know it, it’ll be New Year’s, and you’ll be pulling those snazzy clothes out of the closet. Set a goal for the next few months to fit into them better!
  10. Conquer a corn maze. Make a game out of it, and see who can get to the end faster—or take a nice stroll in and around the maze.