Superfood Saturday: Apples

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While “An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away” might just be an old adage, there is definitely truth behind the popular saying. Apples are fat, sodium and cholesterol free, plus they’re high in vitamin C and fiber. Because of their high fiber content, apples rank low on the Glycemic index, allowing for a more regulated release of sugars into the blood stream, which prevents a spike in insulin production. Since fiber, along with contributing to colon health and a reduced risk of stroke, also tends to keep you feeling fuller longer, you may not feel the urge to overeat. According to NutritionFacts.org, apples lower the risk of heart disease, contain a high level of antioxidants, and prevent environmental dioxins in the body due to their high levels of phytonutrients. Apples do rank high on the Dirty Dozen list, so buy organic when possible. And since much of the apple’s nutrients reside in its outer layer, it’s best to enjoy your slices with the skin on.

The varieties of apples are seemingly endless with 2,500 different types grown in the US and 7,500 available worldwide. So if you are looking for some sweetness with your crunch, try Fuji, Honeycrisp and Gala apples. For an apple that falls somewhere in the middle, try a Red Delicious or Golden Delicious. If tart is tops for you, you can’t go wrong with a Granny Smith. The most common harvest season for apples is early to mid-fall. So grab the family and head to your nearest orchard for a crisp fall day of apple picking among the changing leaves.

Pro tips: Store your apples in a plastic bag in the fridge and consume within three weeks. Say yes to shiny, firm apples and no to ones with brown spots and bruises.

How do you like them apples?! Check out what The Leaf has to offer on all things Apple:

1. Simple Slow Cooker Applesauce

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Top with cinnamon and enjoy this perfect fall treat!

2. Quiz: How Well Do You Know Your Apple Facts?

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Think you’re one smart apple? Take our quiz to find out!

3. Savory Brussels Sprouts With Apple

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There’s nothing better than some sweetness to compliment that savory and oh-so-tasty Brussels sprout! Watch as Nutrisystem’s own good-for-you guru Deanna Otranto demonstrates how to prepare this delicious meal in minutes.

4. Apple Spinach Smoothie

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Get your greens while enjoying the yummy tastes of an apple.

5. Apple & Almond Butter

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This classic pairing is perfect for a snack on-the-go that keeps you going! Read about more easy and nutritious snacks in this article.

6. 10 Fruits That Taste Awesome Grilled

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Apples on the grill are a perfect addition to any BBQ. Learn how to make this smokey rendition of everyone’s favorite fruit in this article.