…keeps the doctor away.  Funny how that old saying still rings true.   As I plan my next cooking class, the main ingredient being apples, I was thinking about all the ways to eat and prepare an apple.  My most favorite way to eat an apple is to simply pick it from the tree, wash it and enjoy.

When eating an apple, like all plant foods, you do not need to worry about fat content, cholesterol, or sodium.  An apple contains fiber called pectin and  phytonutrients called flavonoids.  Flavonoids are defensive phytochemicals found in apples, along with other fruits and vegetables. There are a number of different types of flavonoids with each having a protective health effect. Over 4,000 flavonoids have been documented to have antiviral, antiallergic, antiinflammatory, antitumor and antioxidant activities. The term flavonoids represents all of the following subclasses: Anthocyanins, Flavanols, Flavanones, Flavonols, Flavones, and Isoflavones.

Another benefit of eating an apple is that it is a nutrient dense food, a.k.a. real food.  So as you eat it your body will naturally feel full and satisfied as the many nutrients synergistically work together to meet the nutritional needs of your body.

For those of you who  live in NJ and want to know what varieties are native to our state, check out  New Jersey State’s Department of Agricultural website.

So don’t delay, grab that apple, enjoy and be healthy!!

Wondering what are the seasonal fall fruits and vegetables?  Just stop by your local farmers market.  The end of summer and early fall produce is abundant.  Here is a list for you to check out on your next visit to your farmer’s market.

Fruits & Berries:  Apples, Grapes, Pears, Fall Raspberries

Vegetables & Herbs:  Arugula, Basil, Beets, Bok Choy, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Cilantro, Collards, Eggplant, Endive,Escarole, Fall Lettuce,Kale, Lima Beans, Mustard Greens, Okra, Onions, Parsley, Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Rutabagas, Scallions, Squash, Sweet Corn, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes.

Enjoy and Be Well,

Karen

Genetically Modified Salmon.  You need to scream now!!  As an educated consumer it is critical to know what you are eating and putting into your body.  Man made food, just does not have what it takes for human nutrition and good health.   Adding hormones to make the fish grow at twice the rate will have an effect on our bodies, but not the desired effect.  The hormones will be passed on to our bodies and our body will grow faster too.    We have already seen a similar pattern from growth hormones added to meat and dairy. Avoiding meat and dairy products with growth hormones and antibiotic is a daily activity. Why do we need to complicate our food choices that much more.  Another, once healthy fish, to now question if it has been genetically modified.    Mother nature really does knows best!!

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