Thanksgiving to me will always be equated with my mom’s applesauce and apple crisp. They were two foods we always made when temperatures cooled, and the smell of apples and cinnamon are quintessential holiday scents.
As I’ve begun experimenting in the kitchen, I’ve branched out a little with apples. They’re not just for snacking or making applesauce. Whether sweet in baked goods, or savory in dinner entrees, apples have a sweet and tart versatility. And their nutritional value is diverse. An apple a day really can keep the doctor away.
Apples of all colors and varieties are packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber, in a compact 65 calorie fruit (for a medium-sized apple). Their high fiber and natural sugars make them a carbohydrate rich source at 17 g. Apples also contain a moderate amount of vitamins C, B6, and B12, as well as potassium.
The high fiber content in apples makes them a terrific food to support a wide number of health issues. A diet high in fiber helps to reduce cholesterol, benefiting heart health, digestive and gastrointestinal issues. It can also prevent gallstones, aid in weight management, and regulate blood sugar.
Apples are also a significant source of antioxidants which can aid in immune support, benefit eye and bone health, and flush and detoxify the body.
Bake up some apple goodness this week with one of these classic recipes: