With their sweet, tart flavors and crisp, juicy bite, it’s no wonder that apples are a star ingredient in classic dishes like pies and tarts.
Though commonly paired in sweet dishes, apples also go great in simple, healthy recipes like salads and entrees.
Apples have long been considered a super food. Did you know?
- One medium apple has fewer than 100 calories.
- They are fat, sodium and cholesterol free.
- They are a great source of dietary fiber. – a medium apple has 4 grams of dietary fiber.
- They are a source of vitamin C and vitamin A.
Did you know that apples are the second most popular fruit in the US? That’s right! And bananas are the first.
Several studies report that the antioxidants in apple juice may help reduce declines in cognitive functions associated with aging and Alzheimer’s disease. Other possible health benefits of apples include reducing the risk of stroke, lowering levels of bad cholesterol, reducing the risk of diabetes, and warding off breast cancer.
Fall is the perfect time of year to get the best tasting apples as well as apple cider. When you’re buying apples, be sure to choose those with shiny, not dull, skin. If they are dull, they will not be crisp. Also choose firm apples, free from bruises and punctures. Then, when you get them home, store them in the fridge to maintain crispness.
Researchers from the University of Oxford in the UK found that eating an apple everyday could be just as effective as statins in preventing vascular deaths among people over 50. That is significant information worth checking out!
Apple Snack Idea:
Crisp juicy apple slices, smothered with nut butter, then topped with shredded coconut, walnuts and chocolate chips. Yummy! And, this is a Paleo recipe.