An Apple a Day

I’ve already mentioned how much I love fall and the seasonal foods that go along with it! One of my favorite recipes (stolen from my mother’s great recipe archive) is Apple Crisp. Apples are very easy to bake with and create delicious desserts and amazing aromas.

One medium apple contains around 80 calories and is loaded with both soluble and insoluble fiber, which is beneficial for digestive health, preventing colon cancers, and lowering cholesterol.  Apples also contain the flavonoid Quercetin, which has antioxidant properties and promotes heart health and reduce cancer risk. 

For a fun weekend activity, go apple-picking or head out to a farmer’s market to get apples at their freshest! If you don’t have the time, they are readily available at supermarkets (or try the NYC Green Carts!).  Apples are great to just snack on or can easily be incorporated into salads, glazes and many desserts!

One Expense We Should NOT Be Paying!

One of my favorite resources for the newest research and information in nutrition is the NY Times.  On September 27, 2010 the New York Times posted this report: Obesity Costs Women More.  The CDC estimates that Americans spend about $147 billion a year on the direct and indirect costs of obesity.  The report by researchers at GWU caught my attention because they break down the costs to the individual level, showing that obese women have double the annual expenses as their male counterparts.  This doesn’t even take into consideration health costs down the road (such as medications for Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension, Hypercholesterolemia, etc). 

As we all know and hear, the rates of overweight and obese Americans are steadily climbing, and we need to take action now! I love Michelle Obama’s campaign against childhood obesity: Let’s Move! because it encourages physical activity and healthy food choices, as well as demands action on the community and political levels.