With the changing leaves and cooler temperatures come one of New England’s favorite fall activities, Apple picking; the doctor may have been right, an apple a day may at least help keep the doctor away. Did you know that apples are a nutrition powerhouse? For starters, Apples are full of fiber which help you to feel fuller longer and other vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C. Check out some additional nutrition and storage tips below as well as ways to include apples in your and your family’s diet this season.
• Apples have phtytonutrients, and anti-oxidants. Some studies suggest components in apples promote optimal growth, development, and overall wellness.
• Apples are low in calories and contain no saturated fats.
• Apples are rich in dietary fiber, as mentioned above which help with feelings of fullness and in lowering LDL “bad” cholesterol.
• Apples contain vitamin C and beta-carotene. Vitamin C helps boost the immune system, especially during cool, winter months.
Remember, eat apples along with the skin in order to get the maximum health benefits.
• Do not wash apples until you are ready to eat them.
• Apples should be stored in the refrigerator to prevent them from becoming mushy quickly.
• Rinse apples in cool water and pat dry with a paper towel when ready to eat.
• Use an apple slicer for simple and easy preparation.
• Dip into a mix of 1 part lemon juice and 3 parts water to prevent apple slices from browning.
MEAL PREPARATION IDEAS:
• Spread natural peanut butter on apple slices.
• Pair sliced apples with a cheese stick for a quick and easy on-the-go snack.
• Puree apples, making your own apple sauce, and add into breads and muffins.
• Apples make a nice pairing with pork, just bake alongside.
• Add sliced apples with walnuts to salad, dress with a red wine vinaigrette
Skylar’s Bottom Line: If going apple picking this season, speak with children about where apples come from and why they’re good for you. Allow children to cook with the apples, adding dips or spreads. Remember, children are more likely to eat a new food if they have learned about where it comes from and are involved in the cooking process.
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