Several weeks ago I asked my Facebook fans to name their favorite type of apple. While honeycrisp apples appear to be a fan favorite (my favorite too!), many people chimed in with all sorts of apples, such as Granny Smith, Gala, Pink Lady, Fuji and Golden Delicious.
I was happy to see so many people have a favorite type of apple and are regularly eating apples. They are a refreshing and easy snack because you can grab one and go. And at this time of year, they are in abundance, after all it is apple pickin’ season. Gosh, I have fond memories of apple picking with my friends and neighbors when I was a kid, and then my husband and I used to take our kids when they were little. I also remember getting so excited for my mom’s homemade apple crisp; it was a highlight for me every fall. But it’s not just about desserts.
Why You Should Eat an Apple Daily
We’ve all heard the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but is there any truth to that statement? Actually, it turns out that yes, apples are truly one of those fruits whose health benefits can be justified. Apples are nutritional powerhouses, they taste delicious and you can eat the skin making them a convenient snack. (Make sure to always wash your fruit well before eating.)
Here are a few reasons to eat an apple a day:
- Apples are full of fiber known as pectin. For this reason, apples satisfy hunger with fewer calories—only about 95 calories for a medium-sized apple. For this reason, an apple is a great part of a healthy diet that can help promote weight loss.
- Apples are full of Vitamin C which helps to boost your immune system and maintain your overall health.
- Apples also contain heart-healthy antioxidants and flavonoids. The benefits of antioxidant compounds found in apples help prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidizing and can prevent inflammation. In addition, quercetin, a flavonoid found in apples, helps fight off free radicals in the blood system and has even been promoted as being good for your cardiovascular and respiratory health.
- People who eat apples may also be less likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome: a cluster of symptoms linked to an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.
And if that’s not enough to convince you to eat apples regularly, just know they are deliciously sweet. You can bite right into a juicy apple, cut it up in slices, or dip it into a little bit of peanut butter or almond butter for some protein. Or, how about having apples with a little caramel dip or a slice of cheese? I’ve yet to meet someone who has actually said, “I hate apples.” There’s a pretty good amount of love out there for that little red fruit.
Try some of these delicious recipes made with apples! Or just grab an apple for your snack and go!
For breakfast, try these No Bake Apple Pie Energy Balls.
For a great grab and go snack, try my Apple Cinnamon Energy Bars from my cookbook, Choose This!
And finally, we can’t forget dessert! Try this unreal Apple Crisp for a silky warm treat.
What’s your favorite way to eat apples?