October is for Apples!

October 7, 2015 | Food, Kids & Families, Nutrition, Recipes, WIC

By Emily Wood, Montana State Community Health Intern

Have you ever heard the old saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away? Today we are going to look at why this old saying is actually true because October is all about apples! There are many different kinds of apples such as Red Delicious, Fuji, Gala, Granny Smiths and Golden Delicious, to just name a few. Everyone has their own favorite types of apple or favorite apple recipes. I always enjoy eating a good fresh apple for a nice middle-of-the-day snack!

Some of the benefits of eating apples include:

  • Apples are filled with lots of fiber and antioxidants that help to keep us healthy.
  • Apples have been linked to reducing the risk for some cancers.
  • The fiber in apples has been shown to lower cholesterol and diets high in fiber are linked to helping prevent gallstones.
  • Apples are filled with antioxidants especially quercetin that helps with our memory and brain function.

The old saying was correct; eating an apple a day, can in turn help us to stay healthy and live a long life! So keep on eating those apples!

Some fun facts about apples:

  • China produces the most apples worldwide.
  • Apple trees bloom in the spring and then the fruit grows in the fall.
  • Granny Smith apples originated in Australia.

Here are some fun fall apple recipes:

Homemade Applesauce:
Ingredients:

  • 4 Apples – peeled and chopped
  • ¾ cup Water
  • ¾ cup White Sugar
  • ½ Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

Prep Time: 10 minutes   Cook Time: 20 minutes

Directions:
In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes or until apples are soft. Allow apples to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher. Then enjoy!

 

Homemade Apple Crisp:
Ingredients:

  • 10 Cups Apples – peeled and copped
  • 1 Cup White Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon All–Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Quick-Cooking Oats
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • ¼ Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • ½ Cup Butter, Melted

Prep Time: 30 minutes   Cook Time: 45 minutes

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • Place the sliced apples in a 9×13 inch pan. Mix the white sugar, 1 tablespoon flour and ground cinnamon together, and sprinkle over apples. Pour water evenly over all.
  • Combine the oats, 1 cup flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and melted butter together. Crumble evenly over the apple mixture.
  • Bake at 35o degrees for about 45 minutes.

Resources:

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/12409/apple-crisp-ii/

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/51301/sarahs-applesauce/

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/267290.php

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/food/apples.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC442131/