Tuesday, September 21, 2010

It's Apple Season!!!

Apple picking is a great way to get in some fun, outdoor exercise before the sun sets too early and the temperature falls too low. Set up a day to go apple picking with your family. Spend some fun, quality time together while burning calories. Mix up how you pick: reach for apple on a high branch work your obliques; squat down for the apples on the floor to work your legs and glutes; your biceps will feel powerful at the end of the day after carrying a bag of apples.

Apples make a wonderful snack. They are low in calories but packed with fiber to help aid in digestion and make you feel fuller longer. Apples also contain phytochemicals and antioxidants to help keep that immune system strong as flu season approaches (don’t forget to get your flu shot soon!). Make sure to eat the skin to get the biggest dose of health boosting chemicals!

Here are some healthy ways to enjoy your picked apples:

Bake them in the oven with a little honey and cinnamon
Cut into slices and have with peanut butter
Make a healthy apple crisp with oats, almonds or walnuts and raisins
Make apple bread or apple muffins using whole wheat flour
Cut into cubes and mix into your salad

Visit http://www.pickyourown.org/ to find an orchard near you to go apple picking.

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