Will An Apple A Day Really Keep The Doctor Away?
It’s that wonderful time of year again…the light changing, a crunch underfoot from autumn leaves starting to fall, the smell of cinnamon and stew cooking on the stove, and best of all, an abundance of local apples! We have a veritable cornucopia of apple varieties, all delicious, and fortunately, filled with nutritional benefits that support the old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Apples make a fantastic snack, not just because they are yummy, but because they have a low glycemic index and will fill you up. They contain 4 grams of soluble fiber and the average adult should be consuming between 25-30 grams of fiber daily, so eating an apple a day will definitely help keep your system moving on a regular basis! A diet high in fiber will also help reduce your risk of developing heart disease and may lower cholesterol levels. Since approximately 2/3 of the fiber found in apples lies just under the skin, leave the peel on. I like to enjoy my morning apple with a handful of walnuts, which will combat hunger pains until lunchtime, and keep you from snacking on things you’d rather avoid!
More Vitamin C Please!
This is the time of year when our bodies have to adjust not only to a change in the season and the weather, but also to an increase in cold and flu bugs. Eating an apple a day will help keep your immune system going strong. One medium-sized apple contains approximately 8 mg of vitamin C. In addition to supporting immunity, our bodies use vitamin C to produce collagen, which plays an essential role in the structure of bones, ligaments and tendons. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and may also help reduce your risk of having a stroke or developing cancers of the mouth, vocal cords, stomach and colon.
Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth
Every so often I find myself with an overstock of apples that maybe weren’t the best batch, but I don’t want them to go to waste. My favorite apple dessert is baked apples served over vanilla ice cream with graham crackers blended in…it’s like an apple pie but with a fraction of the fat and calories. If you prefer you can peel the apples, but leaving the peel on maintains the nutritional value of the apple, so that’s my recommendation. As an added bonus, after you finish baking the apples, your house will smell delightful!
- 4 apples
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- dash of nutmeg
- dash of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Graham crackers
- Vanilla ice cream
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Stir ingredients together
- Pour into a baking dish
- Cook until apples are soft, but not mush, about 20-30 minutes
- In a food processor, mix together 2 graham crackers for every scoop of ice cream
- Scoop ice cream into a bowl and top with warm apples.
Let us know your favorite way to enjoy this season’s bountiful apple harvest by leaving a comment below.