What member of the rose family is a great tool in the battle of the bulge? If you guessed apples, you’d be right! Believe it or not, apples truly are a member of Rosaceae or the rose family and with the Fall season in “full bloom” it’s no wonder we turn our attention to this versatile fruit Malus domestica, otherwise known as the common apple.
Besides being in the rose family, here are a few other apple tid bits:
- They are grown in all 50 states, most notably in Washington. However 36 U.S. states actually produce apples commercially-including California
- They are virtually fat, cholesterol, and sodium free.
- The most popular variety is the Red Delicious, followed by the Golden Delicious in second place. Both of which are available year round.
Your Weight Control Partner
Apples are a sweet way to add fiber to your diet and help you feel full. This is important if you are trying to shed a few pounds before the holidays get into full swing. Also, pectin, a form of fiber found in apples has been shown to reduce blood cholesterol levels in many scientific studies.
There are a number of foods that pair well with apples including sharp cheeses, nuts and nut butters, or even a little dark chocolate. Here’s a simple fall recipe to get you started.
Speedy Baked Apple
This is a super easy recipe using your microwave that quickly delivers a delicious fall treat with 5 grams of fabulous fiber for only 140 calories. Makes the house smell nice too!
- 1 medium apple (any variety)
- 1 Tbsp Splenda© Brown Sugar Blend
- ½ tsp ground nutmeg
- ½ tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp dried sweetened cranberries
- 1 tsp light butter
- ½ tsp almond extract
Core the apple and place it in a small covered microwave safe dish. Mix the Splenda© Brown Sugar Blend, nutmeg, cinnamon and cranberries in another bowl. Spoon the mixture into the center of the apple, top with the butter and almond extract; microwave on high for about 3-4 minutes.
So enjoy the bounty that apples have to offer this fall knowing that you are eating both nutritiously as well as deliciously. Isn’t that the way it should be?