Grandma was right! An apple a day can keep the doctor away.
Think it’s too early for baked apples? Think again! According to the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Kentucky has a long apple season, peaking from mid-August to November. With 4 grams of soluble fiber and antioxidants to boot, a medium apple has the power to help prevent these health conditions:
- Certain cancers such as pancreatic and colorectal
- High cholesterol
- Coronary artery disease
- Digestive issues, including irritable bowel syndrome
- Increased body weight
In honor of National Apple Month, why not try this healthier remix of a traditional way to enjoy an apple for dessert.
1 medium Granny Smith apple (or your favorite variety; tart is better)
1 pat butter
½ tablespoon brown sugar
Cinnamon to taste
Optional: Nuts or granola
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Using small knife, paring knife or apple corer, cut around the core of the apple to create a small “bowl.” In the bowl, pack in brown sugar and butter. Place the apple on a baking sheet and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve with two spoons and dig in, or cut apple into slices and serve in two bowls. Get creative and top with nuts or granola for a little crunch.
Makes two servings.
Nutrition information per serving:
2.2 g fat
1.3 g saturated fat
5.4 mg cholesterol
16.4 mg sodium
17.8 g carbohydrate
0.3 g protein