An Apple a Day…

by Mel on February 26, 2016

Apples are nutrient rich, inexpensive, and readily available. If you’ve ever been to an apple orchard, you know how much fun picking a basket of delicious, healthy apples can be. And if you haven’t, get pickin’!

Holiday ApplesIn honor of apple season, learn about the many health benefits of this delicious fruit and about the different varieties of apples. Plus, check out these top-rated apple recipes.


Health benefits of apples


Nutrient rich

Packed with fiber and only a modest amount of calories, apples are a filling and sweet snack. They are also a good source of immune-boosting vitamin C.


Help with weight management

Apples satisfy hunger for only a few calories, so it’s not surprising that they are part of a healthy diet that help to promotes weight loss.

Heart Health

Frequent apple eaters had a lower risk of strokes compared to non-apple eaters. Experts attribute the heart-healthy benefits to antioxidant compounds found in apples, which help prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidizing and inhibit inflammation. Plus, the soluble fiber in apples has also been shown to lower cholesterol levels.



Apple Varieties

With so many varieties, it is hard to know which type of apple to choose. Here is a list of the most common apple varieties and the best uses for each.



Taste: Sweet & tart

Use for: Snacking, salads, baking, sauces



Taste: Sweet

Use for: Snacking, salads

Golden Delicious

Taste: Mildly sweet

Use for: Snacking, salads, baking, sauces


Granny Smith

Taste: Tart

Use for: Snacking, salads, baking, sauces



Taste: Tart

Use for: Snacking, salads, baking, sauces



Taste: Tart & tangy

Use for: Snacking, salads, sauces

Pink Lady

Taste: Sweet & tart

Use for: Snacking, salads, baking, sauces


Red Delicious

Taste: Sweet

Use for: Snacking, salads


Now that you know which type of apples to use, here are some delicious recipes to try!


Maple-Cinnamon Applesauce


6 McIntosh or other tart apples, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

2 Golden Delicious or other sweet apple, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

1/4 cup water

2 tablespoons pure maple syrup

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon



Combine apple pieces and water in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to maintain a simmer. Cover and cook, stirring once or twice, until the apples are very soft and falling apart, about 30 minutes. Mash the apples to the desired consistency and stir in maple syrup and cinnamon.



Apple Butter



1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup honey

1/4 cup apple cider

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/8 teaspoon ground mace

10   medium apples, peeled and cut into large chunks (about 2 1/2 pounds)



Combine all ingredients in a 5-quart electric slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 10 hours or until apples are very tender.

Place a large fine-mesh sieve over a bowl; spoon one-third of apple mixture into sieve. Press mixture through sieve using the back of a spoon or ladle. Discard pulp. Repeat procedure with remaining apple mixture. Return apple mixture to slow cooker. Cook, uncovered, on high 1 1/2 hours or until mixture is thick, stirring occasionally. Spoon into a bowl; cover and chill up to a week.

Stovetop variation: Combine all ingredients in a Dutch oven. Cover and cook over medium-low heat 1 hour or until apples are very tender, stirring occasionally. Strain through a sieve as recipe instructs in Step 2. Return mixture to pan. Cook, uncovered, over medium-low heat 15 minutes or until thick, stirring frequently.



A mixture of apple varieties, rather than just one type, will produce apple butter with rich, complex flavor.



Whole-Wheat Apple Pancakes



1 cup low-fat buttermilk

3/4 cup nonfat milk

2 large eggs

1 tablespoon honey

1 medium apple, diced

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

3/4 cup whole-wheat four

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt


Preheat the oven to 250. Put the apple in a microwave-safe bowl and tightly cover with plastic wrap; microwave on high until softened, about 2 minutes.



Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I always look forward to expressive my passions in life to others and helping people make lasting changes. I live a busy life like the rest of us with kids, work, and everything else that can get in the way. Making time for exercise, and making good decisions about what we eat can often be a challenge. We sometimes lack the motivation and momentum to make lasting changes in our lives. I've been fortunate enough to really get my life in order and have some simple strategies to help you do the same. Mel's favorite product is Garcinia Cambogia 1234
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