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The Elder-Boomer Buzz, Issue #009 -- Fall Fruits, Foods and Fun
September 21, 2009

Issue #9
Fall Fruits, Foods and Fun


As I mentioned in our first September newsletter, September is our month for apples and apple fun (but that's not all). ‘Tis the season. Why so much stuff about apples? They’re not only the most plentiful fruit around, available in all seasons, and relatively inexpensive, but they’re also loaded with nutrients and nutritionally rated as one of the top fruits.

So here we go with Fall Fruit, Foods and Fun -- and Flavanoids, I should add.
Lots of flavanoids.
We’re not just talking about in apples, either.
Another really good fall food is the squash. Anything orange is high in flavanoids, actually. Plus, squash is rich in fiber, beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, lycopene, and potassium. Apples and squash are such important foods, that they have been listed in the top ten items seniors and baby boomers should have on hand and eat on a regular basis. (That goes for pumpkin too – even desserts can be really nutritious.)

If you want to check out the detailed nutrition specifics for apples (or another fruit), we’ve got a really cool chart you can download, by the FDA. To access the download, just go to our page on Favorite Fruit Nutrition Facts.

Here’s a really outstanding recipe for apple scones (many thanks to Shirley who recently shared them with me). You can, of course, substitute other fruits and flavorings instead.

Apple Scones

Mix in a large bowl:
4 c flour
4 tbsp sugar (or Splenda)
6 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt

Add ˝ cup of hardened butter or margarine. Blend in with a pastry blender. Add 1 ˝ cups of chopped apples. In a 2 cup measuring cup, break 2 eggs and add enough Half ‘n Half to make 1 ˝ cups. Add 1 tsp vanilla or almond extract. Stir with a fork and add to dry ingredients. Mix lightly with your hands. Do not over-mix. Form into 12 balls on a greased cookie sheet. Flatten to about 1 inch thick.

Bake at 450 degrees, for 12 to 15 min, till brown. (Optional: Before baking, sprinkle with raw sugar crystals). These scones freeze well -- thaw & reheat 3 minutes at 350 degrees.

New Newsletter Note:
Because we have had such an overall interest in the topics of activities, crafts, hobbies, nutrition, foods, and recipes, we’re going to be focusing our newsletter mainly in these areas, plus any senior or baby boomer issues that may be of interest relating to them. We will, however, throw in a little something different from time to time as new and timely information about other issues comes to our attention. So stayed tuned!

Visit our web site for lots more great articles for baby boomers and seniors at www.elder-one-stop.com.

The best to you,

Mary

The "Elder-Boomer Buzz" comes out the first and third Mondays of the month (or shortly thereafter, if Monday is a holiday).


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