Go Ahead, Take the Fall
Good things don’t usually fall right into your lap, but you can “take the fall” to make some changes that will benefit both you and your family. So start with this…fall is a great time to…you fill in the blank here. For me, my number one answer is increasing outdoor exercise, followed closely, almost in a dead heat, by making dinner ahead for the week. With the cool weather back in town after a super hot summer, I could not wait to get my sneakers on and walk. Strolling with my son to school (I mentioned before, we are walkers! No bus eligibility for us) )
We have taken to walking at night also, to moon and star gaze. And this, in short, is exercise I sorely missed when the heat was on. Come the weekend, my family and I take to the hills, mountains, or sidewalk-whatever beckons with an enticing activity, festival, or just simply opportunity to breathe the fresh air.
In the kitchen, well, we are a soup, chili and stew family and this year I decided to make it easier on myself and upped my batches so that I can freeze some for a week I can’t get in the kitchen to prep for. Sunday I made a big batch of chicken chilli in the crock pot, baked 2 loaves of beer bread, and froze half of each. Many seasonal vegetables 9such as tomatoes) are starting to drop in price, so buy large quantity and make some stock and/or soup!
I bought a batch of bananas almost too ripe for eating, and whatever night this week I am free (being optimistic here) I am going to make a few loaves of bread for morning quick breakfasts or snacks for lunch or the afternoon. I transform my bread into a healthier option by taking whatever recipe you love, and dividing up the flour into thirds-one third unbleached flour , one third wheat, one third wheat germ. I usually grind up a few carrots or zucchini, or add a baby food container of sweet potatoes or carrots and double the cinnamon. My son and husband LOVE this bread.
So now that school is back in swing,and fall is on the immediate horizon, take some time to make some changes. Start by making a shopping list for dry pantry staples such as beans, pasta, rice, broth. Make a list of fresh ingredients to make your own stock. Plan a week worth of menus and get started. Or if you are a baker, think about making things in batches. Properly wrapped items taste fine after freezing, and can save a lot of time, sanity, and money, as well as increase the nutrition quotient over processed, packaged foods that if examined in 3 months may remain unchanged (remember the Twinkie experiments?)
Enjoy the weather and welcome fall!!!
Laura Zurita is a registered dietitian and Montgomery County mom. Her and her family love to hike, go geocaching, and read. Her and her family CAN NOT WAIT for major league baseball playoffs to begin.