You’ve probably started to feel and see the slight change outside – the brisk air and the changing colors of the Aspen trees from green to yellow and red and orange. The transition from summer to fall foliage can happen in the blink of the eye so take advantage of it before it’s too late. We recommend a few fall-time activities that you can plan to do with your family this fall.
1. Take a drive.
Drive through Independence Pass or through Trail Ridge Road. Be sure to take advantage of the scenic stops along the way for a photo opportunity. You won’t want to miss the plethora of fall colors. Make sure to pack healthy snacks, like fresh fruit or nuts and seeds for the short or long drives.
2. Go apple picking. Then make a paleo apple dessert!
Apple orchards are all over. Take the family to a place like Ya Ya Farm & Orchard, an hour north of Denver, where hayrides and admission are both free, and you pay by the pound after picking your delicious apples.
Families can bake together thereafter using the handpicked apples as the main ingredient and make a warm dessert like paleo-style caramelized apples, which cook in less than 15 minutes:
2 tablespoons (28 grams) coconut oil
1/4 cup (60 milliliters) maple syrup
1 teaspoon molasses, optional
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
4 sweet apples (810 grams), unpeeled, cored and sliced into 1/4″ slices
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
In a large pan over medium heat, mix together the first four ingredients (coconut oil through cinnamon).
Once the oil is melted, add the apples and mix to cover the apples thoroughly in the liquid mixture.
Cover and simmer the apples for 7 – 15 minutes or until the apples are soft enough for your liking.
Add in the vanilla and stir.
Remove the apples from the heat and let them sit for 10 minutes and then serve. The liquid will gel a little as it cools. Can also be served at room temperature.
Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
3. Camp for a night.
Take your family to a local campground like Moraine Park in Rocky Mountain National Park (open until Oct. 14th) or even closer, about an hour south of Denver: Platte River Campground. It’s elk mating season until mid-October and if you’re traveling to Rocky Mountain National Park where they’re often present, you’ll want to pull off to the side of the road and take in their bugling noises. It’s a sight (and sound) to see if you and your kids haven’t yet.
To make meals easy, take your Caveman Chef’s Evolving Paleo Meal Prep, such as our salads, with you in a cooler, so you can reserve the fire for keeping toasty and for making S’mores. No hungry kids when the food is already ready to consume!
What are your favorite fall activities to do with your family? Comment below!
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