October is National Apple Month

Apples are enjoyed by many Americans.  It is estimated that the average person eats about 16.9 pounds of fresh apples a year.  That's about one a week!

We have all heard the saying, "an apple a day, keeps the doctor away."  But does an apple really do that?  Can eating apples keep us healhty?  How easy is it to include apples in your diet?

Read these Apple Facts and decide!
  • Apples are fat, sodium and cholesterol free.  A medium size apple is about 100 calories.  An apple makes a smart choice for a low calorie snack, or a light refreshing dessert!
  • Apples provide important nutrients like Vitamin C and other antioxidants that may help lower the change of developing some diseases.
  • Apples come in many different colors -- red, green and yellow.  Each variety adds appeal to your menu with its own color, texture and flavor.  Try different kinds of apples.  Eating many different colors of fruits can provide you additional healthy benefits.
  • Apples are very versatile!  They can be eaten or cooked.  Try them in salads, smoothies, and baked goods.  You can use them alone or combined with other ingredients.  Dip apple slices in peanut butter for a quick and easy snack.
  • Apples come in many different varieties.  Good fresh eating apples include:  Red or Golden Delicious, Gala, Ginger Gold, Fuji, and Braeburn.
  • Apples used for baking should hold their shape when cooked and not become too soft.  Jonathan, Rome, York and Granny Smith are several good baking varieties.
  • Apples stored at room temperature ripen quickly.  Place in the refrigerator for longer storage.  Wash your apples under cold running water and pat dry before eating.
  • Apples are available year round in the grocery store.  Some varieties are seasonal.  Check your local farmers' markets now for delicious, low cost fall varieties.

Try this Peach Apple Crisp recipe for a healthy, low cost dessert idea for the fall!


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