Fall is a beautiful time. The leaves are changing colors and the weather gets a little bit cooler. This is the time when the clothes get a little baggier and some people may fall into comfort food. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it shouldn’t be a daily regime.
Fall is the perfect time to get outside and really enjoy some nice weather and get fit at the same time. I live for the fall weather. It’s the perfect time for me to get outside and do my runs after struggling through the hot summer temps. All that hard word from the summer starts to really show off in the fall.
There are more people outside walking and just doing more active things. I challenge everyone to enjoy the fall temps before the days get shorter. Wait! The days get shorter starting this weekend. So that means this is time to get outside and get your sweat on while the temperatures and scenery are great.
Here are some of my tips for getting fit for fall:
1. Try a new workout class. I highly recommend group fitness because it’s a set schedule with people that you see on a continous basis. Those people hold you accountable but most importantly, those people will make you excited for your workout. If you’re not into trying a new workout class, you can always try a new workout. There are plenty of HIIT routines you can do at home or outside (for the fresh air). Why not give this little workout routine a go?
2. Get your body in check now so you can enjoy later. The holidays are approaching and that is typically a time when people venture off of their diets. Why not spend the pre-holiday months getting your metabolism in check and building a strong healthy body. Use the fall to fine-tune your diet and exercise plans so when those holiday treats come your way you will be more willing to practice moderation or just say no to treats all together. If you’re putting the foundation down now and begin to see results, your entire mindset can change in the future.
3. Put a twist on a on a comfort food favorite. Food should fuel your body and not fill your body. Make sure you’re getting in the proper nutrition to sustain an active life. There are ways to put a twist on your old favorite comfort foods to make them fit into your healthy nutritional profile. It’s just a matter of finding the tricks to cut in a healthy way.
My favorite thing for brunch item is the salmon bagel and cream cheese. It’s not necessarily something I want to eat all the time. But I’ve found a way to make it fit into my nutritional needs to keep me energized and fueled for an active day. Getting your daily does of protein, fats, carbs and vitatmins goes a long way in keeping you healthy and moving in the right direction. I’m all about quick and easy meals, and this is as easy as it gets.
Of course, I just said brunch so you know I’m going to use some Eggland’s Best Eggs. Compared to ordinary eggs, these eggs have less fat, more than double the amount of Omega-3s and four times the amount of Vitamin D, these are my egg of choice. I use them for anything that requires an egg or just a good ole snack.
- 2 large Eggland’s Best Eggs, hard boiled and sliced
- 1 4oz package of boneless, skinless salmon
- 2 slices, wheat bread or Ezekiel bread
- 2 roma tomatoes, sliced
- 2 tbsp reduced fat cream cheese
- 2 tbsp greek yogurt
- 1/8 tsp dill, dried
- 1/4 tsp chives, dried
- Capers (to taste)
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- In a microwavable boil, add reduced fat cream cheese with 1 tsp of water and microwave for 15-20 seconds. The cream cheese should be softened.
- Toast the bread.
- Remove and stir until smooth. Add the greek yogurt, dill and chives. Stir together until a smooth cosistency.
- Add the salmon into the cream cheese mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Now it’s time to start building the sandwich. Put one slice of bread on a plate, then layer the tomatoes, then salmon mixture and finally top with the egg slices.
- Add capers to your liking and salt and pepper to taste.
Instead of all that cream cheese, I used a reduced fat version with some greek yogurt and I used a slice of wheat bread instead of an entire bagel. Think of it more like an open faced deal. AND I used a sliced Eggland’s Best Egg on top to add more protein to ensure I stayed full until my next meal. Might I also note, this is a great post-workout snack too. This open faced salmon and eggs has the protein to help with muscle repair and recovery AND the carbs and fats to keep you going after you’re done. Remember, the idea is to fuel your body but that doesn’t mean you can’t have some great food in the meantime.
Fall is here but that doesn’t mean you need to fall into bad or unhealthy habits. There’s no need to cover up or go into hibernation. Do the opposite, get moving and ready for the holiday season by staying active and eating a healthy diet. Enjoy the best parts of fall like the changing weather and the wonderful colors and don’t get bogged down in all the sterotypical things about the approaching seasons. Live your best life now and still enjoy this wonderful time of year.
Do you have any tips for avoiding the fall fitness tips to share? What’s a comfort food for you that you have twisted to make it better for you?
This post is sponsored by FitFluential on behalf of Eggland’s Best.