This week’s blog post is by Christine Luken.
Pumpkins receive a lot of fanfare in the fall, but let’s not forget about apples! Apples of all varieties are plentiful right now. It seems that everyone has a favorite type. Mine are Macintosh apples, which I can only seem to find at my local grocery stores from September to November. So I plan to munch on one a day while I can! In my opinion, Macintosh apples have the perfect blend of sweet and tart. Right now is the time to stock up on your favorite apples, because there are great deals on them at just about every grocery store. This week I bought a dozen Jonagolds at my local produce co-op for only $2.00!
A large apple (9 oz.) with the skin has about 120 calories and 5.5 grams of hunger-curbing fiber, which makes it a great choice for snacking. Apples have been shown to have many health benefits, including lowering cholesterol, managing diabetes, increasing bone strength, easing asthma symptoms, promoting weight loss, and the prevention of many types of cancers. So, let’s eat up!
Not only are apples great for eating raw, but they’re also good for cooking and baking. Here is a list of apple varieties that are best suited for this purpose:
- Golden Delicious
- Granny Smiths
- Rome Beauties
Here are some great recipes to try using your healthy and delicious apples!
Killer Candy Caramel Apples ~ This recipe uses Granny Smith apples and is a twist on your traditional caramel apples. They are dipped in caramel, then chocolate, and then rolled in crushed candy bits! What’s not to love?
Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips ~ If the Killer Candy Caramel Apples are a little to sugary for you, try these easy baked cinnamon apple chips! Bonus – your whole house will smell amazing!
Homemade Applesauce in the Crockpot ~ If you find a great deal on cooking apples, whip up a batch of homemade applesauce in the crockpot! I didn’t realize that you could freeze your homemade applesauce and it will keep for several months. So much yummier than store bought! And if you make a lot of it, you may want to use some for this homemade applesauce Pop-Tarts recipe!
Whole Wheat Apple Muffins ~ How about a nice apple muffin to start your day? Bake a double batch and freeze half of them so you’ll have a grab-and-go breakfast muffin to munch on your way out the door on these frosty, busy fall mornings.
What is your favorite apple variety? Do you have a great apple recipe? Please share it in the comments below!