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Getting More Fruit In Your Diet

Apples are an excellent way to get more fruit in your diet. They can also lead to eating more fruit and vegetables as they make an excellent addition to salads. I discovered this when our family was going through Hurricane Sandy. We cleaned out our downstairs freezer of every single thing. At the time we had a bag of salad greens and apples that we snack on in the refrigerator. So I decided to chop up some apples in with the greens. These were Fuji apples, which I love because they are sweet. My husband and daughter flipped over the new addition. Now my daughter adds apples to her salad frequently with out me having to bug her to eat more fruit and vegetables.

SOME FACTS ABOUT APPLES

  1. The pectin in apples clears cholesterol out of the body.
  2. They lower “LDL” the bad cholesterol and increases “HDL” the good cholesterol.
  3. They contribute to weight loss.
  4. They provide 5 grams of fiber per apple which is 20% of the recommended allowance.

A Brazilian study found that women who ate 3 pears or apples per day lost more weight while dieting than women who did not eat fruit while dieting. There is also a “3-A Day” Plan in which you eat an apple before each meal or in between meals this yields a 1/2 pound of fat loss a week. Supposedly this will occur with no other diet or exercise changes. I am sure willing to give that a try!

BUYING TIPS FOR APPLES

  1. Make sure your apples are firm and do not have bruises or punctures on them.
  2. The skin should be shiny, dull appearing apples won’t be crispy or tasty.

STORAGE

Refrigerate apples at around 32 degrees Fahrenheit. If you keep them on the counter they won’t stay crispy.

OTHER USAGES

You can also eat apples dried, with peanut butter, topped on your cereal either hot or cold, juiced, apple sauce or put in smoothies. I would peel them first before putting them in the blender unless you had something like a really good juicer or VitaMix machine. Children love them chopped into small pieces so send them to school that way.

Please share with me how and if you use apples. I would love to hear from you. Apples are just a suggestion you might want to try pears or oranges. The whole idea is to just start with one fruit and get in the habit of purchasing that and using it in several ways. Also if you have some great recipes please share them with us, especially for kids. Also check out a free ebook on healthy eating for kids at http://www.healthykidsweightloss.com . It’s not only for kids you’ll benefit from it too.

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