Nutrition News: An Apple a Day

I love apples from the farm stand!  Fall just is bursting with them and there are so many different kinds.  My recent favorite is Honeycrisp.  This crispy little number is a little sweet and a bit tart but packs a mouthful of excitement!  Juicy, crunchy and also filled with a lot of nutrients and fiber.  Honeycrisp apples  are yummy because they have cells that are twice the size of a normal apple. It also has strong cells that shatter rather than fall apart when bitten into, as explained by cultivator David Bedford.  Bedford says, “They defined a new category of crisp..we had to coin the term ‘explosively crisp’ to describe them.” This is peak time to buy them, keep them cool and reap the benefits.  Other benefits beyond tasting fabulous is that they are a low to moderate glycemic index food, filled with fiber  to fill you up.  The skins of apples contain ursolic acid, which may boost metabolism by increasing muscle mass and a type of body fat that helps to burn calories, according to recent research published in the journal PLoS One.  Other great varieties to try are Jazz, Ambrosia, Pink Lady or Piñata.

Beyond eating them just as they are, here is a great recipe to try found in Eating Well magazine:

Apple and Fennel Salad with  Blue Cheese

5 servings aprox. 2 cups each   174 calories

Apples and blue cheese are terrific together. Reduce blue cheese to reduce saturated fat calories.

 

1/4 cup EVOO

2 Tablespoons cider vinegar

1/4 teaspoons salt

1 large honeycrisp or other sweet crisp apple, thinly sliced

1 medium fennel bult, quartered and thinly sliced, reserve fronds

6 cups torn butterhead lettuce

1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese ( feta and or goat cheese)

Whisk oil, vinegar,salt and pepper in a large bowl.  Add apple and fennel and toss to coat. Chop 1/4 cup of fennel fronds and add to the bowl along with the lettuce and blue cheese, gently toss.  Enjoy!

If you or someone you know needs assistance with healthy eating or improving their lifestyle, contact me for a free strategy session to assess your goals and let’s make a plan.  Invest in your health for a healthy tomorrow.

 

Be Well, Mary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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