At The Core of Apples
September is upon us, and so is apple season. At least in the Midwest. So our two September newsletters will both include something about apples.
There is a reason for the old saying, ďAn apple a day keeps the doctor away.Ē Back in the day, they didnít know what we medically and scientifically know about fruit now. But somehow those who lived back in ďthe olden daysĒ certainly had put two and two together about apples. Letís take a look about what we know now.
Apples have got lots of good fiber. In fact, they have both soluble fiber (pectin) which helps keep cholesterol from building up in our blood vessels; plus, insoluble fiber which gives us the bulk we need to keep our digestive systems moving and cleaned out. Apples also have flavonoid antioxidants which reduce heart disease and fight cancer. In August the National Institutes of Health issued a study that flavonoids and fiber reduce chronic cough, and apples were one of the top fruits. Its natural fruit sugar (fructose) is easy for our bodies to assimilate, and great for our blood sugar levels. Theyíre full of a variety of vitamins and minerals too, many of which are in the skin. However, since commercial types of apples are heavily sprayed, itís important to wash them well, particularly with a special spray fruit and vegetable cleaner. Most ideally, of course, is to get good organic.
Try this easy-to-make apple snack:
Wash and peel (or not peel if organic) several apples. Cut, core and then cut into thin wedges into a mixing bowl. Also add either dried cranberries, chopped dried apricots, or raisins. Sprinkle in a little lemon juice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Stir well. Grease a glass cake pan or pie pan with butter or margarine. Put in the apple wedges. You can top with granola too. Cook starting at 2 minutes, and then at 30 second intervals until done, checking after each interval. Timing will depend on how many apple slices you have, and how well you want them cooked. When done, serve alone, or with yogurt or ice cream.
So load up on apples this fall. And if you have a few extra, hereís a really fun candle apple craft project. Itís simple to do with both young and old, and makes a great gift or centerpiece. Or to just add some ambiance to your home. Follow the link here.
Really Easy Apple Craft Ideas
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