July Fourth celebrations bring to mind many American summer favorites like fireworks, cookouts, and homemade apple pie, of course. This month, the Florida-based physicians and experts at Weight Success Centers are serving up reasons to enjoy apples as part of a healthy American diet.
3 Healthy Ways to Enjoy an Apple a Day
The apple is the original 100-calorie snack to fight cravings and boost energy. There is some truth in the saying that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples deliver a healthy dose of fiber, minerals, antioxidants, plus immune-boosting Vitamins C and B-6 to support good health.
Here are a few of the best ways to enjoy the benefits of apples in your daily routine:
1) Healthy and Sweet Treats: Red and green apples offer sweet juice and crunchy goodness. On its own, a ripe apple is a convenient, delicious, handheld snack. You may also enjoy apples sliced up and added to salads, tarts, and pies. Famously, apple pie made with red apples is the all-American pie of choice for celebrations. The skin of red apples (such as Red Delicious) contains anthocyanin, which is a red flavonoid pigment-containing antioxidants with potential heart benefits according to studies.
2) Nutritious Snacks and Beverages: Traditional applesauce or apple juice are two of our favorite ways to enjoy apples. Many of us were raised on a steady supply of apple juice and applesauce. Both are nutritious treats, but juices and applesauce may contain fewer antioxidants if the apple skin is removed before processing. Choose natural and organic brands that include the skin in processing for maximum benefits. As adults, many of us have also grown to love apple-cider beverages infused with nourishing and flavorful spices like cinnamon and clove.
3) Internal Healing and Skin Treatments: Apple Cider Vinegar is comprised of apples, sugar, and yeast. This beneficial vinegar is widely popular as a healthy choice for salad dressings and vinaigrettes. The thick, yellow liquid is touted in the natural healing community as a cure for many internal ailments. Topically, it has also been used to heal an array of skin conditions.
The physicians and experts at Weight Success Centers are always happy to provide more information about nutritional healing, weight loss plans, and medical solutions to maintain good health.
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