Fall Food Focus: Apples

applesIt’s almost fall, which means apples are back in season! I absolutely adore apples, and who wouldn’t? They’re sweet, tart, super versatile, and most importantly, really good for you. We’ve all heard the age-old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, and it’s actually true in some cases. Separate studies have shown that certain antioxidants and phytonutrients in apples can help prevent health problems such as cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, asthma and other respiratory symptoms. They’re also a great source of fiber and vitamin C.

That said, here are 8 tasty ways to enjoy apples this season:

  1. Healthy snack. Cut them into slices and dip them in almond or peanut butter for a healthy and satisfying breakfast or a snack.
  2. Tasty topping. Sauté them in ghee or coconut oil, and sprinkle them with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and coconut palm sugar for a tasty topping for oatmeal or yogurt.
  3. Apple chips! Thinly slice apples and dehydrate either in a food dehydrator, or in the oven at 200 degrees for about 1-2 hours (flipping them over halfway through).
  4. Delicious dessert. Try my healthy gluten-free & vegan apple tart recipe (leave the skin on for added nutritional value!)
  5. Juice ’em. Try my apple lemon ginger immunity boost juice to combat flu season.
  6. Apple sauce. Make apple sauce from scratch – check out the apple sauce video on Good Eggs Instagram account.
  7. Salad Topper. Slice them up and throw them on top of your greens for a sweet crunch.
  8. Hot Cider. As the weather cools down and you find yourself in need of a hot drink, bring the following to a boil in a large bot: 1 gallon fresh apple cider, 2-3 sliced apples, 2 sliced oranges, 2-4 cinnamon sticks, 1 tsp cloves, 1 tsp allspice, pinch of nutmeg. Reduce to a simmer and let the flavors meld together for about 15 minutes. Serve in a mug with a cinnamon stick.

And here are 2 tips for getting the most nutritional value from apples:

  1. Buy organic. Apples almost always fall on the EWG dirty dozen list, which means they’re one of the fruits most likely to be heavily contaminated by pesticides. Studies have also shown the nutritional value of organic apples to be higher than those grown conventionally.
  2. Eat the skin. The skin is where you’ll find most of the fiber, antioxidants, phytonutrients and vitamins that make apples good for you. So put down the peeler and eat the whole thing!

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This week, our friends at Good Eggs are providing apple baskets and other treats at the following YogaWorks studios. So come by and get your apple-a-day!

  • Brooklyn
  • Larkspur
  • San Francisco
  • Marin
  • Pasadena
  • Main Street
  • Montana
  • Pacific Palisades

Enjoy!

 

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Joanna McCracken photo by fluid frame
 Joanna Berman is a holistic health counselor, writer, recipe developer, 500-hour certified yoga teacher, and the Content & Communications Manager at YogaWorks and MyYogaWorks. She believes in finding balance, figuring out what makes you feel your best, and most importantly enjoying the process. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram at @peppermysalt for all things food and yoga, including in-post recipes! peppermysalt.com 

 

 

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