There is just nothing like the month of October for Apples! Some of our grandchildren have started the month a little early and visited the u-pick orchards already. It’s just that time of year when apples in all their many varieties can be had and enjoyed.
|Big help with weight loss
Chances are that you have only tasted a few of the many varieties of apples, because the supermarkets offer a comparatively small selection that typically includes Gala, Cortland, Granny Smith McIntosh, and the ever popular, Red Delicious. Regardless of the type, apples are a perfect addition to your weight-loss plan for a number of reasons.
Apples are low in calories and fat, low in sodium, and contain vitamins and minerals as well as fiber. These can all help you to lose weight in different ways. The fiber helps you feel full longer because it expands in your stomach, so it takes less food to satisfy your hunger. The low-sodium content prevents excess water weight, or retention. And the vitamins benefit you by increasing health and vitality. Being more active helps burn extra calories to speed up weight loss. In addition to all of this, the enzymes found in apples help you to digest food more efficiently.
Eating an apple or two before a meal is a good way to curb your appetite, and at the same time get plenty of nourishment. Apples also make good mid-morning or mid-afternoon snacks. One of my favorite ways to enjoy an apple is to slice it and then smear it with raw almond butter. (Admittedly, this practice cuts into the possible weight loss benefits of eating apples, but it’s a mighty tasty treat!)
There are claims that eating three apples a day can account for about a 1/2 pound weight loss each week, up to 8 weeks or so.
Always wash and scrub your apples, especially if they are not organic. Supermarket apples are often waxed, which seals in pesticide residues that may be on the skins. Peeling apples will remove the film, but also a lot of the fiber. All apples will brown when cut, though the degree of browning varies among varieties. Sprinkling a little lemon juice on cut surfaces will curb the browning somewhat.
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I’ll be watching for you! Enjoy this beautiful autumn month, and have lots and lots of apples!.