Monday, October 13, 2014

Eat Apples

Fall!  Leaves!  School!  And... APPLES!

Although I didn't love eating fruit as a child, apples are one that I always enjoyed.  As an adult, I've gone through phases of apple consumption.  Whenever they're around, I gladly eat them, but I just have to remember to buy them.   Whenever I do, I'm always pleasantly surprised by how tasty they are!  This fall, I've dared myself to step up my apple game, and I dare you to, too!


Apples courtesty of tuelekza / freedigitalphotos.net

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away," or so they say.  I don't know if this is true, but I do know that apples have been long hailed as a health food.  What's all the fuss about? Don't so many health companies and apps use an apple in their logo or icon?  Why is that?

What's so great about apples?  Let's explore:
Nutritional Benefits 
Fiber
Antioxidants
Vitamin C
Boron
Pectin
*many of these nutrients are contained in the skin -- don't leave em out!
Note that apples are high in sugar.  Of course, this is a natural sugar that doesn't bother me much, but if you need to watch sugar consumption for one reason or another, it's something to be mindful of.
Medicinal Benefits: 
Antioxidants help protect against heart disease, cancer, and asthma
Apples are a "cooling" food that treat the heart, lungs, large intestines, and spleen
They're moistening, so they reduce thirst
Apples help cleanse the liver and gallbladder
Can boost exercise endurance
Can help clean teeth!
Promote beneficial intestinal flora and support normal colon function
Aid weight loss by satiating hunger via a modest amount of calories
Plenty to boast about!  No wonder apples are so popular.



Did You Know...
  • It's said that an "Adam's apple" originates from Adam being unable to swallow the bite of forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden
  • Apples trees take four to five years to produce their first fruit
  • There are more than 7,500 apple varieties grown throughout the world today 
  • It takes 36 apples to make one gallon of apple cider
  • Peak season for apples is from September to March (aka NOW!)

For me, the best part of apples is how satiating they are.  I find the fiber really fills me up, which is why this portable snack is a great option to toss in your bag for long days or trips.  Bonus: they're pre-portioned by nature!

Image courtesy of  rakratchada torsap / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Still, there are SO many ways to eat apples!  I bet you can find more than one way you'll enjoy:

Dare You To...
  • Take a bite of a whole apple (a timeless winner!!)
  • Slice and add to salad
  • Slice and eat with cheese or nut butter
  • Slice thin pieces to make little apple sandwiches (like this!) 
  • Make applesauce! (Recipe here)
  • Stew for use in a sauce 
  • Try dried apples as a convenient travel snack
  • Use apple butter as a scrumptious spread
  • Bake apples and add cinnamon for a sweet dessert (delicious grain-free apple crisp!

Click below to read more on apple selection, care, consumption:

I want to know:
What's YOUR favorite way to eat apples??
Feel free to post recipes in the comments!

Sources: The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia TheYummyLife.com Eating Well Huffington Post LiveScience.com WellnessMama.com, StillTasty.com FarmFlavor.com

16 comments:

  1. I think I need to go buy some apples. I do love them, but I don't buy them frequently for some reason. I will throw them in a smoothie to add some fiber (and all the other good stuff you mention).

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    1. Same! I always like them, but I forget to buy them. Lets fix this! I've never tried them in a smoothie but bet it's delicious!

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  2. I love a wonderful raw crisp fall apple (gala or fuji preferred). I have been experimenting since apples are so plentiful right now. I am thumbing my nose at pumpkin spice and created an apple pie protein smoothie. http://www.thrivepersonalfitness.com/2014/10/tired-pumpkin-spice-try-apple-pie-protein-smoothie-recipe/

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    1. Mmm yes those are nice crisp varieties! LOL yes people are obsessed with pumpkin in the fall (myself included), so apples are too often overlooked.

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    1. Mmmm fruit + fat (cheese, nut, anything) are always a tasty combo

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  4. I love apples sliced with caramel dip, but I try not to do that TOO often, haha! Otherwise, they're super tasty on salads with walnuts and vinaigrette :)

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    1. Lol a Halloween treat! Yesss an apple/walnut salad is so refreshing. I love the crunch apples add to salads

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  5. i'm planning to go out and buy a ton of apples from our farmers market today to make apple cobbler. yum!

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  6. I love apples! I'm eating one in my salad right now!

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    1. Yumm reason #143 I need to get a crockpot.

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