Three Reasons (Plus One Recipe) to Try Apples

Fall is rapidly approaching, and that means a new set of seasonal produce will soon be hitting stores and farmers’ market stands! One of my fall faves? Apples. So here are three reasons why you should include an apple a day (or a few times a week) to your diet.

1. It’s National Apple Month! There’s no better way to celebrate the more than 7,500 varieties of apples worldwide than by noshing on one. Check out the astonishing facts about these different “breeds” here. And take your “pick” (haha!) at an orchard near you.

2. The health benefits of apples are amazing. No wonder it’s said that they keep the doctor away! Research has proven that apples encourage heart health, cancer prevention and may ease certain breathing difficulties. Plus the fiber in this fruit increases feelings of fullness. One study found that participants who ate an apple 15 minutes before lunch ate about 190 fewer calories at that lunch, compared to when they ate applesauce, sipped on apple juice or consumed nothing before dining (and that’s taking into account the calories from the apple itself). Fascinating!

3. These crisp fruits are perfect in numerous meals, snacks—have you tried apple smiles?—and desserts! Which leads me nicely into the recipe: my Flatout PB2+A Wrap. The players…

You can use your favorite nut butter, sliced whole apples of any variety and your choice whole wheat wrap for this recipe—this is just what I have on hand and enjoy!

If you’re using PB2 (which I first introduced in this post from last November) add water to reconstitute. Then spread evenly on your wrap.

Thinly slice the apples and arrange on the bottom one-third of the wrap, a tip I learned from my pal and Flatout pro Jenn!

Simply tuck, roll and slice! This makes for an ideal snack or light breakfast—supplying about 175 calories, 4.5 grams of fat, 15 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber (when using the ingredients in amounts that I used). Fall perfection!

What is your favorite variety of apple and why? It seems that everyone I speak with about this has a very definitive answer…and I’d love to hear yours!

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