Around this time of year, my husband and I love doing all things FALL! However, we know that one major holiday is right around the corner and we enjoy saving our pennies for prezzies rather than emptying our pockets on ourselves. We also know that this time of year creates widening waists (I'm not talking pregnancy!), and larger than life portion sizes of hot chocolate, warm cookies, gooey cheese trays and holiday meats.
Because of this, we look for things that cost next to nothing and/or are healthy to do... and we win every year! Check out how we enjoy the season on a budget and keep our health in mind. Maybe it will give you an idea or two!
-Go apple picking in the morning and then make homemade apple sauce or paleo apple crisp in the afternoon. Click below for 6 different healthy apple crisp recipes!
-Hike the gorgeous woods or mountains (Hawk Mountain, Jim Thorpe, Pennypack) during that perfect two week period when every leaf holds a different color... and then head to your fav brewery and share a flight of pumpkin beer with your partner.
-Have a fall/winter clothing swap with your best friends! Tell each person to bring five pieces of gently worn clothing they are sick of seeing in their closet. Gab and swap. You walk away with five new articles of clothing for the season. Better than a shopping spree in my opinion!
-Invite friends over for a weekly viewing of The House On Haunted Hill (omg- what a scary Netflix show!). Rotate as to who provides the snack for the night! Here is a good one (Caramel Apple Nachos!):
-Start a grey Sunday morning off by watching a Halloween movie in your pajamas and make paleo pumpkin pancakes to indulge in:
2 mashed bananas
2 tsps ground flax seed
2 Scoops vanilla protein powder
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Mix batter and pour into a sprayed pan on medium heat. When top of batter starts to bubble, flip. Enjoy!
-Head to a different town and check out all the little decorated shops. Pick up some early Christmas presents and stop by a coffee shop for a bit of afternoon music (Saturdays almost always have musicians at coffee shops) and a latte or green juice. Jim Thorpe, Lambertville, Doylestown and Skippack are our favorites!
-For a spookier time, we head to free tours of old prisons, houses and seances. If you are local check out New Hope- they always have something going on!
-Get your exercise in by hitting your fav trail for a run. Sign up with your friends for a fun pumpkin run or hold your own 5k race! I hold a weekly Saturday morning trail run gathering if you are local!
-Jump in your car and get lost. Drive to areas you never have before that are rural and beautiful. Stop at an open field and have a soup picnic with that person you love to be around most. Don't forget to snap pics of the gorge fall foliage, bring a blanket and a large thermos loaded with this roasted carrot soup:
-Get in a happy hour yoga session in your backyard. Finish with a sunset mediation and then take a long walk around your neighborhood checking out all the decorated houses.
-Pick pumpkins and then carve them and roast the seeds for salads or a protein/healthy fat packed snack. See below on how to make the perfect roasted seeds:
2 c ups pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp melted butter
2 tsp kosher salt
Preheat oven to 350° and line a baking sheet with parchment or grease with cooking spray. Remove seeds from pumpkin: Scoop them out with an ice cream scoop or big spoon and place in a colander. Rinse to get rid of any pulp, then pick away any stragglers.
Transfer seeds to paper towels and pat dry.
In a bowl, toss seeds with melted butter and salt.
Spread seeds on prepared baking sheet and bake, stirring occasionally, until seeds are golden, about 25 minutes.
-Lastly, read a book near the indoor fire at night with a cup of tea and your roasted pumpkin seeds. Mike and I always have conversations about what we just read with one another. It's a great way to expand your thoughts and have deep conversations!
Funny enough, I have several of these planned on my calendar in the next couple of weeks (or we have already done them) and I can't wait. Enjoy the season, my friends!