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Fall Means Apple Season!

Fall is here which of course means sweater weather, butterfly migrations, leaves changing, and cinnamon and pumpkin spice EVERYTHING. I actually hate pumpkin spice flavored anything unless it’s made from scratch! Fall also means apple season – apples are freaking everywhere!

My facebook feed is filled with my friends picking/eating apples from various orchards across the country. Apple recipes keep popping up my social media feed/inbox, and my local grocery chain seems to always be having a sale on one variety of apples or another so I’m always stocking up!

How to incorporate apples in the diet

And I’m good with that because I love apples – always have – and since I was a little girl. Sweet and tart, apples make for a great travel snack. Seriously, I can eat an apple anywhere without the fear of it getting crushed in transit.

On occasion, I go for some homemade applesauce (no sugar needed, a little goes a long way, one serving equals 1/2 a cup) and freezes beautifully. A few tablespoons of homemade applesauce in vanilla greek yogurt and sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg is such a yummy snack! The same can be said for apple slices topped with peanut or almond butter!

An apple can be munched while reading a book, taking a walk, or watching Netflix.

Health benefits of apples

As far as nutrition, apples are where it’s at. One medium apple has about 95 calories (give or take a few), 25 grams of carbs and just under 5 grams of fiber (which makes you feel fuller quicker) and less than one gram of fat.

Vitamin, mineral, and micronutrient wise, apples are an excellent source of vitamin C (which is also an antioxidant) and are loaded with potassium, which has been known to have positive heart benefits. BRING IT ON.

Apples also contain flavonoids, including quercetin, a plant nutrient, which according to studies, has both antiviral and anti-inflammatory benefits. So yes indeed, an apple a day certainly helps in keeping the doctor away!

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Comments

  • Thomas A McAtee Jr. moderator
    4 weeks ago

    Like the article Kelly!!
    I also love apples. The small Red Delicious used to be my favorite. I’ve tried Fuji, Honey Crisp and others. Now my favorite it the Granny Smith one. I always cut up two of them and put into a container and into the fridge. Then I’ll take a few slices and cut them up for my cup of cereal for breakfast. Very goo. For some reason I love the Granny Smith tart/sweet taste. Yes, sometimes one will have a sweeter taste or more tartness to it then another but they’re very, very good.

    Thanks for the article.

    Tom

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