An Apple a Day

Apples have gone from being the forbidden fruit to being the forgotten fruit. Berries, kiwi and pomegranate are sexier. No one puts antioxidants and apples together in the same sentence. Unlike gogi berries, you can find them anywhere. But, don’t let their availability cause you to overlook them. Lest we forget about the benefits from this tried and true, loyal fruit, here are some fun, practical and healthy reasons to stock up on some Galas and Macintoshes.

- You can pick them yourself. Apple picking is one of my favorite things to do with the kids in the Fall. Plan it now, because otherwise the orchards will be bare by the time you get there.

- Apples last a really long time. How many berries and peaches have you had to toss because the went bad before they were eaten? Apples add a beautiful splash of color to your kitchen, and they are survivors.

- They are also relatively inexpensive. One apple costs about 70 cents and nutritionally, counts as a cup of fruit.

- Apples are high in fiber, have lots of vitamin C, and YES … they do have antioxidants.

- Studies have shown apples are beneficial in fighting cardiovascular disease and lowering cholesterol.

- AND, here’s a good one … apples have been proven to help you lose weight. They are a filling, healthy snack without a lot of calories, and can be a great part of any moderate weight loss plan.

So, when you take your kids apple picking next weekend, let them load up. Bring home more than you can carry and share your harvest with friends and neighbors. And, of course, you’ll have to make at least one apple pie. Hopefully after reading this, you’ll feel less guilty about an ice cream topped indulgence.

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