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This post was created in partnership with Stonyfield and prAna. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

This time of year is absolutely beautiful here in the Hudson Valley. The leaves are stunningly colorful, and the air is nice and crisp.

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I love heading outside with my family as often as possible to keep active and spend quality time together.

And if you know me, you know I’m always packing snacks!

One of my favorite snacks hands down is Stonyfield’s Oh My Yog! – I’ve talked about it before, but it’s worth repeating.

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Oh My Yog! is a whole milk yogurt with a layer of cream on top, a honey infused center and a thick, jammy fruit layer on the bottom. It comes in several flavors, but my (current) favorite is Madagascar Vanilla Bean.

I like to pack up some snacks in a cooler and bring it out with us on our adventures. I’d hate to call it quits on a beautiful fall day to head home to get something to eat when someone gets hangry. And I’ve my 3-year-old has been known to get hangry!

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This year, Halloween was the perfect day for a family outing. It was unseasonably warm with a cool breeze, so we thought we’d go for a hike/stroll out on the trails near a local farm.

I told my son to keep his eye out for the perfect spot for us to stop to have a picnic. We shared two flavors of Oh My Yog! (switching off occasionally to QC each other’s flavors, obviously) and some baked green pea snacks before running off for a game of tag with my husband.

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It can be tricky to dress appropriately for this finicky weather, especially when you’re planning on being active. With running I usually dress in layers, but for this outing, I wore prAna’s Vinyasa Hoodie in Winter Stripe.

It was lightweight yet warm and breathable. I really liked the scoop neck and cinched waist – much more stylish than a lot of my other workout gear! I’m definitely going to be wearing it over my yoga tank tops as the weather gets cooler, too!

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Another one of our favorite outdoor activities is Geocaching. It’s like a real world treasure hunt, and it’s a really fun family activity.

We checked our app and saw that there was one near where we were picnicking, so we headed off to find it. Took a little searching, but we got it! My son looooves “treasure hunting”. We’re up to 44 total finds now, and have hooked a few other people on it.

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After a bit more running around, we needed to head home to get our costumes on for a Halloween party and trick-or-treating. My son picked out all of our costumes this year – he was Sonic the Hedgehog and my husband and I were peanut butter and jelly. Ridiculous and hilarious – 2 of my favorite things!

It really ended up being such a gorgeous day, and I love any excuse I can get to spend time laughing and playing with my boys.

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I’m excited to announce that prAna is offering a few goodies for Big Flavors readers! You can use discount code JBYF15BFSK over on prAna’s website for 15% off anything on their organic line now through December 15th. (Not valid for prAna influencers, on gift certificates or with any other offers).

They’re also offering ONE reader a free item from their organic line (up to $99)! How cool is that?!

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To enter to win, leave a comment below telling me your favorite pre- or post-workout snack. The contest will close on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 12 noon (Eastern Standard Time). One winner will be chosen via and will be contacted via email to get mailing information and item selection. Prize will be shipped by the sponsor. U.S. residents only. Good luck, everyone!

UPDATE – The winner has been selected via – CONGRATS to Lauren!

  • Steven Lincoln

    This looks like a perfect day for an outing! Pre-workout – whole grain toast with hummus; post-workout – I carry Kashi trail mix bars with me, and I’ve tried the Clif Bar protein bars, too. Still trying to find the right post-workout thing. . .

  • latanya t

    I like a good protein shake or some nuts.

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  • Lauren Moss Goldman

    I love reading about your adventures! Bananas are my go-to snack on the way to the gym. Granola or power bars keep me going if I have stops to make on the way home.

    • Congrats, Lauren! You’ve been selected as the winner. I’ll be emailing you shortly for mailing info and item selection so your prize can be sent. Enjoy!

      • Lauren Moss Goldman

        I’m very excited! Thank you, Ashley!

  • Molli Powers

    My favorite Post workout snack is a protein shake!

  • Kristin G

    My favorite post workout snack is a banana and chocolate milk!

  • Julie Christine Johnson

    Oh, I love seeing photos of you and your beautiful family!
    I get these great raw energy bites from the bulk bins at the co-op- they’re made from sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, honey, cocoa, apricots, cashews and pumpkin seeds. One “chunk” and coffee get me through a morning run or swim!

  • Heather Galindo

    Cute top! I usually run fasted, but post workout, especially when it’s cold, I love a protein-packed breakfast sandwich. English muffin, morningstar sausage patty broken up in an egg (because they aren’t big enough around to be a layer on their own), and American cheese.

  • Well….I don’t really work out…but when I did, I loved bananas and peanut butter!

  • Courtney

    Long morning runs are fueled by coffee (and maybe a little yogurt or a couple slices of cheese) and recovery is all orange juice all the time. Nothing beats a long, brisk run on a Saturday morning and returning home for omelets and…more coffee.

  • Rust

    Post workout I like chocolate covered nuts or plain salted ones. Yogurt and bran flakes before.

  • JillianToo

    I love bananas and apples as workout snacks.

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  • IMC

    Peanut butter toast.

  • Sandy Volk-Twisdom

    Apples with peanut butter.

  • Dandi D

    I always like to have a handful of peanuts or a cheese stick.

  • Ashley Kolpak

    I like apples with peanut butter