Red, green or golden, apples are one of the ultimate easy, tasty, good-for-you snacks. You know the old saying about an apple a day; well, it was coined for a reason and there is some truth to it. Among other nutritional benefits, apples are a great source of vitamin C. One medium apple supplies about 15-percent of a day's worth and only 80 calories. In addition, you get plenty of fiber from an apple. Eat it with the skin on and get twice as much fiber, about four grams, than if you peel it. You'll also be snacking on more vitamins and minerals.
Storing and Purchasing
Apples can be stored at room temperature for up to a week, or in the refrigerator for up to six weeks. For safety reasons, avoid unpasteurized apple cider because it can contain harmful bacteria - all unpasteurized juices carry a government warning label. When purchasing apples, look for very firm ones, with no bruises or broken skin.
Ways to Use Apples in Your Recipes
Add raw, sliced apples to salads. They also add crunch and texture to rice and other grain dishes. What could be better in fall than a simple baked apple? Cooked apples play a role in sweet and savory recipes. And, as we all know, apples are delicious in cakes, pies or tarts, as well as in sauces for poultry or pork.