It's Apple Time!
Is it true that an apple a day may help keep the doctor away? Yes, it certainly is true. There are many health benefits from eating apples.
Apples are a good source of fiber. Pectin a source of soluble fiber helps to prevent cholesterol build up in blood vessel walls. The insoluble fiber is like a cleanser for your intestinal tract holding water and moving food through the digestive system. Insoluble fiber can be found in the skin so don’t cut it off.
Apples also contain many vitamins and minerals. Eat your apples with the skin on because almost half of their Vitamin C is found just below the skin. Apples also contain Anti-oxidants which may help fight off diseases such as cancer.
Top Ten Reasons to Eat Apples
Apples are a perfect portable snack food
- Apples are fat and cholesterol free
- Apples are sodium free
- Apples contain antioxidants which may help fight off diseases
- Apples are a great source of dietary fiber
- Apples can strengthen lung function
- Apples contain many vitamins and minerals
- Apples come in hundreds of varieties
- Apples are low in calories
- Apples have no artificial colors or flavors
Try your hand at a healthy recipe!
1 - 1/2 cups cut up apples, leave the skins on (use two different colors for interest)
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/4 cup chopped celery
6 oz. vanilla low-fat yogurt (may use low-fat mayo, low-fat miracle whip, or other low-fat salad dressing
Mix together in a bowl; chill for a couple of hours.
Serve as a side dish or dessert.
Makes (2) 1 cup servings
Calories: 250 per serving
Fat: 11 grams "good" fat
Dietary fiber: 6 grams