The apple is the original, optimal, 100-calorie snack to fight cravings and boost energy. As the saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Why is this true? Apples deliver a healthy dose of fiber, minerals, antioxidants, plus immune-boosting Vitamins C and B-6 to support good health. Here are just a few of the countless ways to enjoy apples in your daily routine this fall:
Ways to Enjoy Apples this Fall
Red and Green Apples
With sweet juice and crunchy goodness, a ripe apple is a convenient, delicious, handheld snack. You may also enjoy apples sliced up and added to salads, tarts, and pies. Specifically, the skin of red apples (such as Red Delicious) contain anthocyanin, which is a red flavonoid pigment containing antioxidants with potential heart benefits according to studies.
Applesauce or Apple Juice
Many of us were raised on a steady supply of apple juice and applesauce. Both are definitely nutritious treats, but juices and applesauce may contain fewer antioxidants if the apple skin is removed before processing. Check for natural and organic brands that include the skin in processing for maximum benefits.
Apple Cider Vinegar
This beneficial vinegar, comprised of apples, sugar, and yeast, is widely popular in salad dressings and vinaigrettes. The thick, yellow liquid is also a cure-all touted in the natural healing community. It can heal an array of internal ailments and skin conditions.
Hot Apple Cider
As adults, many of us have moved beyond apple juices and grown to love apple-cider beverages, some of which are “hard” ciders containing alcohol. Spiced apple cider is a wonderful treat to sip on a fall day. There is a variety of cinnamon and clove-infused cider recipes for making a nourishing cider on your stovetop. You can also find cider blends sold at stores, restaurants, and local orchards this time of year. If you are adventurous, plan a trip to enjoy cider at one of America’s orchards featuring colorful fall foliage, such as The Green Mountains in Vermont.
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