Happy New Year !!
So, by now, 4 days in to the new year, you are either going strong with your new year’s resolutions, or you have thrown in the towel, vowing to do better “next time”. My personal experience has taught me never to make resolutions...they don’t work out so well for me!
Try Just One New Healthy Habit
If that’s the case for you why not focus on adding in ONE new habit?
Today, I make the case for the addition of one apple a day. And, no, I’m not going to use the old cliché that we all know! I will just say that sliced with freshly ground almond, peanut or sunflower butter gives me the sweetness and the crunch that I love! Plus, it adds in a little extra fiber to your diet without any effort.
Apples are the Perfect Snack
Apples are complex carbohydrates which provide us with more energy than snacks made from white flour or sugar. Complex carbs low in sugar and high in fiber provide the best source of energy. Granny Smith green apples have the lowest sugar content of all the apple varieties. Medium size apples have about 4 gms. of fiber. Pectin, a soluble fiber found in apples helps with digestion and might help to reduce heart disease. Looking for different foods that may help with osteoporosis? Apples contain boron which helps to increase bone density.
Apples are among the richest food source antioxidants, phytonutrients and of the flavonoid quercitin which helps with inflammatory conditions. Vitamin C and beta-carotene are also found in good quantities in all types of apples.
The Environmental Working Group now ranks apples as #1 in pesticide residue, (see NIHA article, The dirty dozen fruit and vegetable list ) so it makes a lot of sense to buy and serve organic apples, especially when feeding them to children.