Fall is officially here, believe it or not! Fall is my favorite season–it has the best of both worlds and is beautiful to boot. Here are my top ten reasons to love fall.
1. Perfect weather for hiking and other outdoor exercise
I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to heat, so when fall rolls around, I’m excited to get outside and hike, run and take walks. Fall is a great time of year to make sure your kids are getting their 60 minutes of active play every day. Taking a family walk is a great way to enjoy each other’s company and get some exercise!
2. Comfort food is back!
Summertime may be too hot to enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup, but it’s the perfect fall lunch. It’s also the beginning of hot chocolate season–which is tasty and nutritious when made with milk!
3. Bust out the fall clothes.
My fall wardrobe is a little more extensive than my summer one, so I’m excited to get back into my sweaters, leggings, boots, and (shhh–don’t tell) hooded sweatshirts. I’m a big jeans and hoodie kind of a person (on weekends, anyway) so I’m excited for this to become (somewhat) socially acceptable again.
The best thing about fall, in addition to cooler weather that makes hiking more enjoyable, are the beautiful views of colorful leaves. Fall is a great time to head to a state park and check out the amazing colors.
I’m a big fan of Halloween. If you didn’t know, chocolate milk is the official drink of Halloween because it is nutrition in disguise! Chocolate milk can help satisfy your sweet tooth (or convince picky eaters) while still getting all the nutrients found in milk to build bones and muscles.
6. Football is back!
We love watching football (pass the cheesy tailgate food, please!) and are proud to partner with the Indianapolis Colts to help teach kids about the importance of eating well and exercising through Fuel Up to Play 60.
7. School is in full swing.
School is a wonderful place for kids to learn, but you may be surprised to know it is also one of the few places for some kids to eat. Food served at school may be the only food some kids eat. School lunch, and increasingly school breakfast, are incredibly important for some kids. Dairy farmers are proud to provide grants and resources to help schools more easily serve school breakfast to underprivileged children.
8. Farm open houses
This is a great time of year to go visit a dairy farm! Check out Kelsay Farms, Kuehnert Dairy Farm and Knollbrook Farm to find out more about these tourist-friendly dairy farms packed with fall activities!
The fall is a great time to do a family cookout or bonfire. It’s not as hot, and the mosquitoes aren’t as bad as in the high summer, so take advantage of that to throw some cheeseburgers on the grill and have a nice gathering!
10. Cool mornings
I love starting a fall morning with a cup of coffee or a latte while sitting outside and just enjoying the crisp air. Grab your coffee cup–don’t forget the cream–and have a relaxing start to your day.