Celebrate Apple Month!

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We have all heard the saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but where did this saying come from? Recorded in the 1860’s, the original phrase was, ‘‘Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.” That phrase evolved to “An apple a day, no doctor to pay,” to “An apple a days sends the doctor away,” finally bringing us to the phrasing that we now commonly use, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” staring in 1922.

While it is only a simple rhyme, there is actually some truth to the saying. Apples have many health benefits. For one, they are high in fiber, which is a key component for a healthy GI tract, lowering cholesterol, and regulating blood sugar levels. Apples also contain Vitamins C and B, helpful in boosting the body’s immune system, fighting off infections, and helping to maintain red blood cells, which supply oxygen to different parts of the body. Apples also contain simple carbs for a quick spike in energy level.

The beginning of fall officially marks apple season and their are 2500 different apple varieties. Some are crisp and sweet, some gritty in texture and others rather tart. Basically, no matter your taste preferences, you can find the perfect apple that appeals to you. Here are a few creative ways to have your apple a day:

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  1. Best with a cameo apple, cut the four sides of the apple off its core.
  2. Spread peanut butter on 2 of the sides (half of the apple).
  3. Sprinkle granola and raisins on the peanut butter.
  4. Top with a little honey.
  5. Place the remaining 2 slices on top.
  6. Enjoy your pb, raisin and granola sandwich!

This snack is perfect to make ahead take with you for the day. The perfect combination of protein, fat and carbs, it will sustain your appetite and keep you full through your busy schedule.

Baked Apple

1. Best with a McIntosh apple, core the apple, leaving the bottom intact.

2. In a bowl, mix small amounts (about a teaspoon each) of brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.

3. Spoon the sugar mixture into the center of the apple and place a teaspoon of butter on top.

4. Place the apple in a microwave safe deep dish or a bowl and cover.

4. Microwave for 3 to 4 minutes or until tender5

5. Let the apple sit for a couple minutes before serving.

applecrispDelicious just as it is, some people like to eat baked apples with toppings. Baked apples are  traditionally l topped  with ice cream, but get creative and try frozen greek yogurt, chopped nuts, or even  mini chocolate chips.

Apple Roll Ups

1. Thinly slice an apple and cheddar cheese.

2. Take a slice of turkey and wrap turkey around the apple and cheese.

Another snack that provides the perfect protein, fat and carb profile, the cheese also provides    calcium.

Apples can be prepared in so many unique ways and satisfy both sweet and savory cravings. Try one (or all 3) of these recipes to elevate the simple apple to the next level. At least one is bound to become the apple of your eye!

Photo Credit: Samantha Gitlin




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