When I think of fall, the first thing I think about is….. apples!! For a fun weekend activity, how about going apple picking? You can walk around and enjoy the smell of fall, the leaves, pick your own apples (the best ones, of course!), and get some exercise on top of that!
Fun fact: You burn about 80 calories walking around the apple orchard at 3 mph for 20 minutes
Fun fact: A medium apple has about 70 calories
* You just burned off that apple! *
Fun fact: Rush before you miss the hayride!! You burn about 51 calories walking 4 mph for 10 minutes out to the hayride. At the end of the ride, you get to taste some homemade apple cider! Bonus!
Fun fact: There are about 120 calories in 8 oz. of apple cider. (and a ton of sugar)
* eek! You might have to walk a little longer to burn off that cider*
The good news: apples are FULL of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. There are about 4g of dietary fiber in one medium apple. Along with that, apples are also a good source of iron, zinc, and potassium as well as vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, E, K, folate, and niacin. So, do what the doctor says and eat those apples this fall!
Amazing Apple Recipes
Check out some of the many apple recipes I’ll be posting under my healthy recipes tab! Here are just a couple of tips for using apples to make healthy meals and snacks!
Tip: Use apple butter or applesauce to replace the margarine, butter, or oil when baking. It adds just a little sweetness and the moisture needed to make what you are baking just as soft and delicious….. with way less fat! I do this with any kind of boxed cake or dessert, with graham cracker crusts, or even for homemade cookies (if it’s a fruit-based cookie).
Tip: Add apples into a salad with chicken for a little sweet/salty combo. Or, try putting some thin apple slices on your boring old turkey sandwich to liven it right up. In the morning, nothing feels more like fall than warm healthy oatmeal with some apple pie spice and fresh apples mixed right in. Try it, you’ll love it~
Tip: If you pack it, you’ll eat it. Before you go to work, take an apple with you for a snack. Or, if you have kids, make sure to throw one into their lunch bags. Apples are at their best this time of year, so get as many fresh ripe apples while you can! Apples are great in the morning too because they give you ENERGY! Some research has shown they provide more energy than reaching for that extra cup of coffee… Plus, they have a lot of fiber to make your stomach happy too… Convinced yet? 😉