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An Apple a Day.....................

To end National Nutrition Month, I had to do a post on a fruit close to my heart:

APPLES!!

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At a very young age, I learned about apples from my Grandmother. In fact, before it gained name and fame as a brand of computer, McIntosh (notice the spelling difference) was the first kind of apple I ever heard of.

Many a fall day, I made homemade applesauce using freshly picked McIntosh.

It’s a great eating apple, but an even better cooking apple. So, as expected, my children starting eating homemade applesauce before they could walk, and continue to love it today.

Apples are one of the few fruits in which varieties have specific purposes, although all of them are good for eating fresh.

Apple came from the Romans and Egyptians, who initially introduced them to Britain, and then they were exported to America.

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Today, Americans eat about 120 apples apiece each year. At least 50% of our domestic crop is used in items we use every day like juice, jellies, pies, applesauce and other popular desserts.

There are about 2500 known varieties of apples grown in the US. Thirty-six states grow them commercially with the following as top producers, WA, NY, MI, CA, PA, & VA.

56% of the 1999 crop was eaten as fresh fruit and 42% was processed. For a listing of many of the varieties currently available, here’s a list: All about Apples

Apples are a great source of Vitamin C and a provide fiber for your body.

Apples

Serving size 1 medium (154g)

Amounts Per Serving

% Daily Value

Calories 80

Calories from Fat 0

0

Total Fat 0g

0%

Saturated Fat 0g

0%

Cholesterol 0mg

0%

Sodium 0mg

0%

Total Carbohydrate 22g

7%

Dietary Fiber 5g

18%

Sugars 16g

Protein 0g

Vitamin A

2%

Vitamin C

8%

Calcium

0%

Iron

2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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My recipe for applesauce is an easy one:

  1. Peel and cut about 8 large apples into wedges.
  2. Add a little water and put them on the stove on a low temperature.
  3. Cover and cook for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, and adding additional water if needed.
  4. When almost done (keep a little bit of the chunkiness), add sugar and cinnamon to taste.

That’s it. It turns out delicious every time.

Throughout this fruit and vegetable series, my goal was to emphasize the “snackability” of these featured foods.

Apples are a fantastic snack.

Just throw one in your bag or purse, and you’ve got your afternoon pick-me-up ready, and of course, an apple a day, because

After all, it’s About a Healthy Lifestyle!

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