Saturday, October 05, 2013

Benefits of Eating Apples - Apple Nutrition

Photo by Billy Lowe
We've all heard the saying "An apple a day will keep the doctor away."   But just why are these delicious treats to helpful for us?

The University of Illinois says that apples are a good source of soluble and insoluble fiber.  Soluble fiber helps prevent cholesterol build-up which can reduce the risk of heart disease.  Insoluble fiber helps food move through our digestive system.   And if you're counting calories, the University indicates that one medium apple (2 1/2 inches) has only 81 calories - and tastes great, I might add.

CLICK HERE for the article on apples and many more reasons they find for eating and loving them.

From fruit cups to baked goods, juices and fresh cuts, apples are a great source for nutrition, treats, and more.  So rather than reaching for that chocolate bar or bag of chips, get creative with a red delicious apple.    Here are some of our..............
favorite suggestions:

Apples with Peanut Butter Dip

Apples diced with other fresh cuts like oranges, pineapple and shredded carrots

Apples sliced with a dollop of cottage cheese

Apples baked with a touch of cinnamon on top

Apples steamed and served over french toast

I'm personally amazed at how many parents resort to beans and mac/cheese dishes for their kids rather than healthy treats that actually taste great.  What are some of your favorite/healthy dishes made with apples?

We look forward to hearing.