Its October, it’s fall! The leaves are turning and dropping on the ground. Pumpkins are on porch steps, hearty soups and stews are on the stoves. It’s also the peak season for two of our favorite fruits: apples and cranberries.
Apples: It’s easy to eat an apple a day this time of the year. They can be enjoyed raw and whole, sliced and spread with your favorite nut or seed butter, a salad, added to steaming hot oatmeal, or cooked into an applesauce. No matter how you eat them, apples provide fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidant phyto-nutrients such as phenolics and flavonoids. Consumption of apples is associated with reduced risk of heart disease, hypertension, cancer, and diabetes. A one-cup serving of apples has just 65 calories.
Cranberries: Cranberries are nearly as iconic at the Thanksgiving table as the turkey. These ruby-red fruits provide fiber, vitamin C, and the mineral manganese. Cranberries are rich in antioxidants, which may explain why they protect heart health. Cranberry juice is a natural remedy to prevent and help to recover from a urinary tract infections. A half-cup serving of cranberries has just 25 calories.
Because they are naturally tart, cranberries are often consumed in juices or canned sauces that have a lot of sugar. However, if you choose your recipe carefully, you can enjoy cranberries more healthfully. Try using fresh squeezed orange juice, honey, and stevia to sweeten your cranberry dishes.
Enjoy your apples and cranberries this fall and holiday season.
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