An Apple a Day
Why is said that "An apple a day keeps the doctor away"? Well, basically because apples are REALLY good for you and contribute to health quite a bit. Apples contain soluble fiber, insoluble fiber, vitamins and minerals. Soluble fiber binds to cholesterol and carries it out of the body (thus helping lower blood cholesterol) and helps improve blood sugar control. Insoluble fiber increases stool bulk and keeps things moving in your digestive tract.
In addition to being great for you, apples are also convenient, tasty and cheap. They provide a lot of nutrition with few calories and can be simply paired with other nutrient-rich foods like peanut butter or low-fat cheese for a satisfying snack.
If you are looking for a perfect apple dessert to try out this fall, you have to check out the Caramel Apple Pie Cookies shown above. They are everything you need in a fall dessert and are absolutely delicious. Though they look complicated, they are one of the easiest desserts I've ever made! The caramel will run out some while baking, but will peel away when you remove the cookies from the sheet pan to cool. You can find the recipe at http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/dish-type/cookies/apple.
Kayla Michel MS, RD/LD
Duncan Regional Hospital
Apple Tree. Digital Image. Nature's Edge Garden Center. Nature's Edge Garden Center, 2015. Web 6 Oct 2015. <http://www.naturesedgegardencenter.com/wpnukes_galleries/fruit-trees>
Caramel Apple Pie Cookies. Digital Image. Pillsbury. General Mills, 2015. Web 6 Oct 2015. <http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/caramel-apple-pie-cookies/9b703983-672d-4ad6-9383-faa315dd20fc>