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Picking Apples

Emilia has an apple almost every day, with either her breakfast or as a snack, and sometimes twice in a day! Manuela only likes green ones, and Nico, he’ll eat them but they’re not his favorite. I like apples, and it’s a favorite fall fruit for many. How about in your home? Is it crunch time year-round at your house?

Autumn

In some places, in autumn, there are farms that allow you to pick your fresh fruit from the trees. I’m in Miami and are picking is done mostly in stores! But, luckily, there is a large variety of apples with many of them on sale right now. During the Fall apples just seem to be everywhere, including in many restaurant’s unique recipes. You might see pancakes, salads or turnovers made with apples. Or yo might see them being used as toppings on cakes or fillings for pies is common, but what about having it by itself?

Apples 101

Did you know there are approximately 100 varieties of apples grown in the United States? However, 90% of production is approximately 15 varieties. Red Delicious is the most popular, but you might also see Fuji, Gala, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, and MacIntosh. There are also other varieties not as easily found like Pink Lady, Roxbury Russet, Pippin, and several hybrid versions that combine some of these varieties.

Apples and Your Health

Apples help with regulation and gut health they are full of fiber that helps produce fatty acids that are unique to colon health.

In addition, there are studies that show that 2 medium apples a day can help to lower bad cholesterol over 6 months. They also contain a good amount of potassium, which can be beneficial for those who are watching their blood pressure. Even better, did you know fiber is also beneficial for weight loss?  And since they’re are about 85% water by weight, they can help fill you up without a lot of calories.

Some athletes use the fruit as a pre or post-workout snack, or they add them to a protein smoothie or with some nuts.

You’ve heard the saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, well, they were on to something. They might even be the secret weapon that increases your overall workout endurance and helps limit your recovery time.

Apple Recipes

So next time, how about adding some to your shopping list?

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