I Want that One!
A is for Apple; An Apple for the Teacher; An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!
Apples are at their peak freshness this time of year. And with so many varieties, and more than one way to eat an apple, there is sure to be one you and your kids will like: Red and Golden Delicious, Gala, Jazz, Pink Lady, McIntosh, Braeburn, Jonagold, etc. etc. Grab the kids and visit a local orchard for some great family fun, apple munching memories, and photo ops.
Apples are a good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin C and plant nutrients, and antioxidants that reduce inflammation and aging; decrease the risk of certain cancers; help regulate blood sugar levels; and keep that waistline from expanding at any age.
There are so many ways to eat an apple:
1. For starters, eat an apple right out of your hand! Be sure to pack an apple in that insulated school cooler for snack or lunchtime sweetness.
2. Ever make homemade applesauce? Why not give it a try?
3. Caramel apples are a treat this time of year. This year try sprinkling apples with cinnamon and dipping them in almonds or reduced fat granola for extra crunch and heart health benefits.
4. Apple pancakes and apple oatmeal muffins are a hit in my home this time of year.
5. Add diced apple to your salad.
6. Try a slice of apple on your turkey burger. Or a family favorite – apple on pizza for an alternative to pineapple.
7. And sometimes, it’s just plain fun to cut an apple differently; either with an apple divider or an apple machine.
Any way you slice it, an apple adds up to big health benefits.