The start of fall brings crisper air, beautiful foliage, and busy back-to-school schedules. Here are some ways to get active and eat healthy during autumn.
1. Enjoy the outdoors.
The evenings will start to get darker and chilly before you know it, so enjoy the warmth and light while it lasts! Go for a post-dinner walk through the neighborhood, or pay a visit to the local park for a change in scenery.
Looking to expand your horizons? Go for a hike! There may even be some hidden nature trails in your area you weren’t aware of. Visit a website like TrailLink to plan your next expedition. Hikes are a great way to enjoy screen-free time with your family, view the foliage, and get a full-body workout. Just make sure that you’re staying hydrated along the way. Try infusing your water with fresh fruit, or add a splash of 100% juice to switch things up.
As you enjoy the great outdoors, don’t forget that going “back to the basics” doesn’t mean you have to compromise your healthy meals. Instead of packing instant oatmeal for your next camping trip, start your morning off right with our quick and easy orange cranberry recipe, packed with heart-healthy cranberries and crunchy walnuts. Going fishing? Our salsa verde is the perfect companion for your fresh catch
2. Celebrate the harvest.
Early autumn brings a full harvest of fruits and vegetables. This makes it the perfect time to educate children about where their food comes from, and get them excited about trying a wide variety of produce. Recruit children to help pick vegetables and fruits in your own garden, or visit a local farm. After all, what would fall be without a trip to the pumpkin patch or apple orchard? Try whipping up our beloved pulled pork and apples or our apple slushie recipes with your pickings.
3. Participate in Family Meals Month
According to the Food Marketing Institute, family meals at home have been proven to boost children’s health and wellness, fight obesity, and make families stronger. However, with the start of school and busy schedules, habitual family meals can be difficult to maintain. Check out FMI’s Family Meals Month toolkit for some inspiration and strategies to make at-home meals more achievable.
Plus, a little creativity in the kitchen can go a long way. Encourage more excitement around eating at home by throwing fun twists on classic dishes. Our Chipotle Orange Chicken packs a blend of spice and sweetness that the whole family will enjoy. Fruity marinades can also offer an extra splash of flavor of nutrients. Whip up our Beef Marinated in Cranberry Juice, and pair it with some veggies for a wholesome meal.
To learn about how 100% juice can support a healthy lifestyle year-round, check out our Healthy Habits page. For more inspiration on how to incorporate juice into your meals, browse all of our Recipes.