Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Week 7 of Our 12 Weeks of Healthy Food: The Apple

An apple a day keeps the doctor away so it's fitting that we feature apples among our healthy foods. There are over 7000 varieties of apples in the world, and it seems there is something for everyone. Different colors, different textures, different sizes, sweet or tart...there's an apple for every preference and every cooking need.
The health benefits of apples have been well-documented. High in Vitamin C and fiber, apples have been shown to reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol and aid in diabetes management, build strong bones, reduce asthma attacks, and delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease. Apples have also been shown to aid in weight loss...In one study, researchers showed that those who ate an apple shortly before a meal, ate 15% less at the meal and, thus, were able to lose weight. And, of course, an apple also serves as nature's toothbrush...aiding in keeping teeth clean and gums healthy.
Apples are a ready-to-eat food...so handy to pack in a lunch or take in the car. But, apples are also great in homemade applesauce, in salads, or baked in a variety of recipes. Here's a recipe from Allrecipes.com for Simple Baked Apples that's sure to please everyone in the family.
As part of our 12 Weeks of Healthy Food and as a special treat from Daisy Mae's Market, spend $15 at our Findlay Market location this week (2/14/12–2/17/12) and we'll toss in some free apples---just for the health of it!

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