Month: September 2017

16 Festivals to Help You Celebrate Fall in Tennessee

Looking for ideas to celebrate fall? Check out some of our favorite October festivals across Tennessee. From blues music to local markets and traditions to fall produce and crafts, the state has plenty of activities perfect for the whole family. East Tennessee 10/6 – 10/7—3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival | Chattanooga, TN Enjoy some rich southern bluegrass in the Scenic City at the 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival. Featuring more than 10 performances in two days, it’s no wonder this festival was recently named one of the Top Five Bluegrass Festivals by Great American Country. And admission is free! 10/6-10/7—Annual Unicoi County Apple Festival | Erwin, TN Located just south of Johnson City, downtown Erwin is host to the Annual Unicoi County Apple Festival. The event boasts over 350 arts and crafts vendors from around the county including painting, photography, wood-turning, sculpture, metal, jewelry, glass and more. You and your family can get your fill at one of three food courts while you enjoy live music, children’s rides, activities, tournaments and more. 10/6 – 10/21—RiverRocks Festival | Chattanooga, …

Unlocking the Hidden Powers of Yoga

If you think Downward Dog is a canine training command, perhaps it’s time for a basic primer on yoga — and its many health benefits. For centuries yoga has been used to increase strength and flexibility, as well as improve mind/body alignment and reduce stress. Solid benefits all, but they’re just a sampling of how yoga can improve everyday living. Here’s a breakdown: Injury prevention Whether you’re a diehard, gym-every-day athlete or a weekend warrior looking to up your exercise game, yoga can help. Regular yoga practice gets you in touch with your entire body as you move through the poses and flows. And when you’re more in touch with areas that are tight or sore, it’s more likely you’ll pay attention to what’s hurting before a potential injury becomes a real one. Gateway back to fitness In the same way yoga helps prevent injuries, it also can serve as a safe way to get back into a fitness program following time away. If you’ve had to step away from exercise due to injury and …

What’s in Season in September in Tennessee

September is a sweet spot for produce in Tennessee. Both summer and fall flavors are in play, which means a chance to take advantage of some things for the last time (cantaloupe, raspberries, snap peas) and to sneak a first taste of others (arugula, carrots, collard greens). For Laura Lea Goldberg, certified holistic chef and cookbook author in Nashville, September is the ideal time to get creative with local flavors. And she knows just where to start. “For me, the first step for shopping and cooking local is to find your closest local farmers market,” Goldberg says. “Get to know your neighborhood one, whether that’s by looking on Instagram or just driving around your neighborhood. If you don’t have a market close by, a lot of grocery stores like Kroger and Publix will have a local food section. It may be small, but it’s there; You just have to ask.” Once you’re there, see what looks good, and cross-reference that with what’s in season. A good place to do that: the Tennessee seasonality calendar on …

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Meal Planning for Beginners

It’s sometimes difficult to feed our families healthy, nourishing foods when it seems like the calendar is filled with late meetings, baseball practices, gymnastics classes and more. Planning ahead is one of the easiest ways to curb the fast-food habit and make sure your family is eating well. Meal planning may seem overwhelming at first. But I’ve found that spending a little time preparing for the week ahead saves me a lot of time and stress in the end (and we’re eating fewer chicken nuggets). Research backs up my experiences, too. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends meal planning as one of the best ways to help families improve their food choices. Get Started with a Weekly Calendar If your life is anything like mine, no two weeks look the same. So the first thing I do each week is open my calendar and figure out where we have to be and when – and how that will affect our mealtime. Do I need foods we can take with us? Should I prepare …