The Glorious Apple~Nutritious, Versatile and Super Yummy!

I LOVE apples.  Even if an apple a day doesn’t keep the doctor away, we will still always have them in our house!  Many times I can’t keep enough of them in the house, there are 6 of us here so when I buy them, I buy 12-18 thinking that is enough for the week.  Not a chance!

We are quickly approaching October…we are right in the middle of apple season.  Here in Ohio, we can find about 50 varieties of apples.  In the United States, we can find about 2,500 varieties of apples, and in the world there are about 7,500 varieties!  That’s alot of applesauce!!  Just like everybody else, I have my favorite~and of course those are a bit more pricey….but so worth the money!  If you want to learn more about apples…go here.  Another great website is Ohio Apples that you can find a local apple orchard if you live in Ohio.  I almost forgot….if you are in or around Brunswick Ohio, check out Mapleside Farms…this weekend is their annual Johnny Appleseed Festival…You will LOVE it!!

Ohio varieties include Cameo, Jonathan, Empire, Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honey Crisp (my fave!), Jonagold, McIntosh, Melrose, Red Delicious, Winesap, along with many others!

Some apples are good for snacking, some for cooking, some for baking.  Some apples are sweet, some are tart, and some are tangy!

One of my favorite breakfast recipes comes from Rip Esselstyn…E2 Hot Lap Bowl (although I sometimes swap out banana for apple)

1 cup uncooked hot cereal (I use either old fashioned oats, or quinoa)

1 tablespoon ground flaxseed meal

2 tablespoons raisins or dried cranberries

1 banana (or 1 apple), sliced or diced

1/2 cup fresh or frozen fruit

1/2 cup soy milk

1/2 handful of walnuts

Cook cereal in water as directed with flaxseed meal, raisins, banana or apple and frozen fruit.  Drizzle with soy milk and top with nuts!  Enjoy!!!

Happy Fall!!  And Happy Apple eating month!  Now, find those apples (it shouldn’t be too difficult).  Go out to your local orchard and try different varieties of apples….you will not regret it!


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