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Harvest of the Month: Apples

Posted by Katherine Ancona
Katherine Ancona
Katherine Ancona is a Registered Dietitian for Whitsons Culinary Group. She received her Master’s Degree in Fo...
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on Monday, 16 October 2017 in School Nutrition Blog

ApplesblogIt is officially fall, which means it is not only the season for warm sweaters, pumpkin picking, and football, but it’s the perfect time for eating apples. 

  

Nutritional Benefits of Apples:

Apples are not only full of flavor, but they contain important vitamins and minerals as well. Their nutrients include fiber, Vitamin C, and antioxidants. The fiber present in apples helps to not only support digestive health but also weight management. Fiber has also been proven to keep your heart healthy and strong, as well as to decrease your risk of stroke.

 

The great thing about fiber is that it can help your child stay full throughout the school day. This will help them stay focused while learning so that they can ace their next exam. Another important nutrient in apples is Vitamin C. This particular vitamin is important because helps prevent us from becoming sick, especially during these cold months. It also helps to keep your blood pressure normal, decrease the risk of stroke, and keep your skin healthy. The outer skin of the apple happens to be the most nutritious part of the fruit, so it is important to not leave this part out!

 

There are a wide variety of apples to choose from, that can be used in many different ways. Apples are grown in as many as 50 states, so the different types and varieties are almost endless. The most common varieties for cooking are found in your grocery store.  Red Delicious apples, for example, are both crunchy and slightly sweet; these are excellent for a snack with your favorite nut butter. Granny Smith apples are another type of apple that is both crunchy and tart, and go best in your apple pie.

 

Find out which apple variety you like best by trying different kinds and incorporating them into your daily diet.  Apples can also go great in a salad, baked in the oven with cinnamon, or even as a filling in your favorite baked good. Try using apples in your next recipe.

 

Choosing your apples:

When selecting apples there are certain visuals to look for. Since apples vary in color, the best way to tell an apple is ripe is to feel it. Check for any bruises or soft spots; it is best to avoid these. An apple that is ripe will feel firm. The way you will store apples depends on when they will be used. When kept at room temperature they ripen more quickly. This method will work if you plan to eat them within a week. Those that will be stored longer should be refrigerated.

 

Get your family into the habit of eating fresh fruit by purchasing them often and having them available and ready to eat as a snack at home.  This will help your family develop healthy eating habits so that they choose fruit when they are away from home as opposed to a sugary processed snack.  

 

Contributor: Katherine Ancona, MS, RD, CDN

 

References:

https://www.epicurious.com/ingredients/how-to-make-the-most-of-apple-season-article

https://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/?s=apple

 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog are strictly those of the author and should not be construed as the opinions of Whitsons Culinary Group or any of its affiliates.  All content and material contained in this blog is provided for informational purposes only, and no representation is made as to the accuracy or completeness of this information.  It is general information that may not apply to you as an individual.  It is not medical advice and should not be treated as such.  You should not rely on the information in this blog as a substitute for your own doctor’s medical care or advice. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

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Katherine Ancona is a Registered Dietitian for Whitsons Culinary Group. She received her Master’s Degree in Food, Nutrition, and Culinary Science from Clemson University in 2013. While attending Clemson University, she led a team of undergraduate students in modifying recipes to be healthier. She is most interested in wellness, pediatric, and culinary nutrition, and she also serves as a volunteer for the Kids Eat Right Campaign. Katherine completed her dietetic internship at Oklahoma State University in 2014, and began working for Whitson’s Culinary Group as a Registered Dietitian in August of 2016.

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