Over the next few weeks I am going to be reposting some of my posts from when this blog first started-so those of you who are new around here-ENJOY!! If you have been around since the beginning take the opportunity to read the post again and maybe you will find a piece of information that didn’t hit home back then but maybe will now!!
Don’t worry, I won’t repost too many!!!
I have a few apples to share…..
We all know that old saying “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Have you ever considered how much truth is in that proverb. I think nutritionally we overlook this crisp, juicy fruit and forget how great of a food this is!
One 5 oz. apple has just 81 calories but is packed with potassium, folic acid, vitamin C, and calcium. It also contains traces of iron, magnesium and zinc. WOW! All that for only 81 calories is a great deal to me!! But that’s not all this little fruit is packin’ – one apple provides more fiber than a serving of oatmeal, plus they are rich in pectin which is a soluble fiber that helps to lower cholesterol!
No wonder someone coined that old saying.
Plus, apples are the ultimate fast food- it is already packaged in its own skin, it can be washed long before it is consumed and it can be taken anywhere!
There is a problem that I feel is important enough to talk about- apples are among the top foods where pesticides are found. I once saw a short video where the person took an apple and sprayed it with raid and then rinsed it off with a hose and asked if you would still eat it- made me think twice. I started soaking my apples in a fruit and veggie wash thinking that I could remove these bad pesticides, but every time I would soak them it would actually make the chemicals become visible. I would rewash them, re-soak them and then scrub them with paper towels but I could never clean them of this chalky chemical that showed up after being “cleaned”. I thought it might be the fruit and vegetable soak I was using but it would never happen when I used organic apples. So now whenever possible I purchase organic apples-to me they are worth the extra dollar or two. If I cannot purchase organic than I will double soak the apples than double rinse and also peel the skins off before giving them to my family. I just think that it is “that important“. Why provide great nutrition laced with chemicals?
A few ideas on how to eat an apple a day:
I add green apples to my salads, it adds a great sweet or tart sensation!
I love to chop up a Granny Smith apple into chunks, cut cherries or purple grapes into halves, and a few walnut pieces all mixed together. Awesome!
Also, I like to make an apple salad by using 2 or 3 different varieties of apples all chopped up and mixed together in a big bowl!
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