Use Apples For Better Health

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An Apple A Day Does More Than Keep the Doctor Away?

by: Carol Giambri

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Beautiful apples

Fall is in the air and the apples are ready for harvest.  Apples are part of our garden buying trip to Farmer's Markets or local health food stores.  We love fresh organics only.  They are full of beauty, taste, smell and even has health benefits.  My husband has 2 small dwarf trees, or maybe it's 3 Red Delicious apple trees, that hardly produce an apple after 10 years.  The few they produce the birds find a way to eat and keep for themselves. I assume the birds are smart to know healthy fruit from processed ones.  Glad I can feed the birds without them begging for food.

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The dwarf tree

Squirrels and birds — the enemies

I don't think squirrels are visiting our backyard.  The birds are enjoying the apples only I believe.  My neighbors have large apple trees.  The squirrels have been climbing up their trees and knocking many apples to the ground.  Some birds have been there too.  Too bad these animals can't store them for their future winter meals.  So you can see my competition has been the birds for a decade now.  Assuming the birds know the health benefits, I think most humans don't realize its benefits.  I am not certain why.  Below I will be sharing "apple" health talk and uses.

Is it true…
Does an apple a day keep the doctor away?  Here are some health benefits of why you may consider adding them into your diet.

So many apple varieties…

Here in Colorado apples don't grow all year round so I always end up buying organic ones at the store when the Farmers Market is shut down at the end of the season.   There are many varieties and sizes to choose from. I don't like crab apples. They are not tasty and I see no real value to have them around. The Pippins and Granny Smith are hard and tart.  They can be used in cooking.  Apple pie would be great for these apples.  Braeburn and Fuji apples I eat fresh.  

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Give me apples

More apples I love…

I love delicious apples and they come in red and yellow. Yellow is sometimes called Golden.  When I juice I prefer the Golden which is sweeter and softer.  The Red Delicious is hard to eat and not best in juicing.  I do like Fuji.  I almost forgot the Gala and Rome beauties.  Yummy.  I suppose sometimes you have to buy a different apple to get a "hint" of the flavors.  Start experimenting. You may not know what you are missing until the first bite of a different variety. I prefer organics always. More expensive sometimes but to me worth it.  It's a choice. 

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Golden delicious apples

Orange apples…

I know there are red, yellow, green and orange tomatoes. I have seen chocolate, purple, red, green, yellow and orange peppers.  Why haven't we seen orange apples or am I missing something. 

Help thy neighbor…

Some neighbors have one more apple trees they don't pick from. They may let the apples drop to the ground.  Why not ask your neighbor if they are not using the apples?  If they don't perhaps offer to pick some and you will do the ground cleanup the same day.  Great trade or barter I call that. I have climbed ladders for apples and cleaned up the ground.

Involve the kids…

Can you find a little helper to pick up the apples from the ground and  pick some from the tree?  Help get kids exposed to the garden.  Maybe get them to help the neighbors clean up their yard and fallen apples and also get paid.  What a lesson in making money and helping thy neighbor.  Once the kids are hooked on apples I hope they remember how delicious apples are to eat daily.  Let the kids add apples to their cereal and choose the variety. 


If not organic make a homemade rinse using white vinegar and water to remove any chemicals or pesticides. 

Simple healthy living is simply easy too. 

A lemon trick…

Lemon juice helps cut opened apples from turning brown. Make your own lemon and water mix and use fresh each time.

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Yummy Organic Lemon

A baking tip…

Use applesauce in place of oil and butter adding fiber to your baked items. Think breads, muffins, cakes and cookies.  Give it a try.

5 health benefits for using apples…

1. Anti-Asthma Benefits

-Kids who had apple juice daily had less wheezing

-Moms who ate apples during pregnancy lower rate of asthma in their children

-Studies show apples decrease risk of asthma

2. Anti-Cancer Benefits

Apples are known to help with several cancer types especially colon  and breast).  In lung cancer it is closely associated with reduction of lung cancer risk.

3. Lower Cholesterol
The pectin in apples lowers LDL (bad one) cholesterol. 2 a day lowers LDL by 16% studies showed.

4. Weight Loss
According to a Brazilian study women who ate
three apples had more weight loss then others who didn't eat fruit dieting. 

5. Managing Diabetes
Apple pectin said to help lower body's need for insulin.

The 3 Ways to use Apples…

  • Cereal – cut up
  • Salad – chunks or grated
  • Homemade applesauce – without sugar

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So many kinds of apples

Want applesauce recipe?

What I used:

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Apples, lemon, water

Give ME Applesauce Carol

  • 2 organic apples (softer kinds easier like: Gala, Golden Delicious, Rome or try your own).
  • Remove seeds and stem
  • Pinch water (start with little)
  • Fresh organic tiny lemon slice with peel (can always add to later)

      Note: quantities can be adjusted but start with less as best

  • Directions:
  • In blender or food processor
  • Add small amount of water to get blending action going
  • Add apples, blend till smooth consistency
  • Now add in lemon slice 
  • Enjoy.

Here's the Homemade Applesauce…

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Carol's Homemade Applesauce

(made in less than 1 minute)

Now it's your turn to make…

Please share your results below in comments. I kept organic skin on. 

Oh, delicious for the whole family and babies too!

Reflecting and Acting…

There are many ways to use apples, healthy benefits and find a way to include in your diet daily.  Try a different apple a day. I'm sure you can find at least 3 or more varieties are your local stores.  As a reminder, involve the kids in picking the apples.  Get them exposed to enjoying fresh from the tree.

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Carol Giambri is a gardening expert. She is obsessed with the garden, eating healthy as a frugal shopper and photography.  At a 12 step program she would probably stand up admitting: "I am addicted and obsessed with the garden and its foods."  She even shops for unique shapes of fruits and veggies.  From worm composting, which is a new desire, to homemade cleaning products, eating edible weeds, coaching programs, speaking, copy writing content for blogs, green/recycle talk, dogs and helping her hubby, she loves encouraging people.  Carol plans to write several books on healthy living as well as a pet book where her heart still remains having seen so many go to heaven.

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

denny hagel September 27, 2011 at 7:16 am

I miss the trips to the local apple orchards when I lived in New England…nothing like an apple picked right from the tree! Great article!

onovan grant September 27, 2011 at 9:45 am

Nice one Carol. That apple sauce recipe sounds pretty tasty, I'll ask Jen to give it a try and let you know how we get on.

Anastasiya Day September 27, 2011 at 11:49 am

I love apples :) Thank you so much for sharing this great information with us! Great post.

Carol Giambri September 27, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Thank you Anastasiya for sharing here. Love apples too.

Carol Giambri September 27, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Donovan, thanks for sharing. The applesauce is super simple and yes delicious. I love keeping this just that way: fast in and out of the kitchen without being a slave to clean up time too. Let me know if Jen has any comments. She can also comment here.

Carol Giambri September 27, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Denny, I used to go to the orchards upstate New York and get my fresh apples. However, here in Colorado no shortage of apples.

Jennifer Bennett September 27, 2011 at 7:50 pm

Great article Carol!  I need to be eating more apples!  

Jandi Theis September 27, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Great article Carol! I wrote an article a couple of weeks ago about the benefits of apples… they really are packed with nutrition! My mom makes apple juice & apple sauce every year… your recipe looks good & easy! Thank you!

Carol Giambri September 28, 2011 at 12:42 am

Jandi, wow an article on benefits of apples. It hit me one day and then I blogged and it happened. Your mother’s juice and sauce to be amazing Yes, super easy. I don’t do things that take forever or make me a slave and break the bank too. Thanks for sharing.

Carol Giambri September 28, 2011 at 12:43 am

Jennifer, Today I had 2 apples in my applesauce. I heard of one lady eating 6 apples a day. Still I love fresh organic apples. Thanks for commenting here.

janis meredith/jbmthinks September 29, 2011 at 5:29 am

Hey, I think we have something in common! You do garden parenting and I do sports parenting! :)

Carl Mason-Liebenberg September 29, 2011 at 7:31 am

I do love my apples and yes I have one every day. And dare I say it but South Africa grows the best I have ever enjoyed. LOVE 'em!

Susan Preston September 29, 2011 at 7:52 am

Great article, Carol! I have always loved and eat apples when they are in season. My favorite is honey crisp with a little cinnamon. Yum! Thank you, for sharing the wonderful health benefits that apples have…I didn't know a couple of them. :)

Norma Doiron@Health, Wellness & Weight Loss September 29, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I love homemade applesauce though it is not something that I have very often.
Thanks for reminding us of the benefits in those wonderful apples!  
Norma Doiron @ The LEARNED Preneur╰☆╮

Elvie Look September 29, 2011 at 6:06 pm

Great info on apples, and thanks for sharing your recipe. That looks so good and so easy. Sometimes I get a stomach ache from apples, and find if I peel them I won't get one. Interesting.

Carol Giambri September 30, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Thanks for comment Elvie. Sorry apples skins are hard you for digest. Have you looked into some digest enzymes or even something like probiotics? My husband has a very sensitive gut too. Glad peeling apples works for you for their great health benefits shared. When blending it should make it super fine too and may try without peeling and just blending. Hope you can enjoy this recipe.

Carol Giambri September 30, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Thanks Norma for commenting. I love using apples best this way. Add a hint of cinnamon and wow.

Carol Giambri September 30, 2011 at 10:21 pm

HI Susan, I have not tasted honey crisp but just tonight I was in Whole Foods and got some nice footage of them. I was thinking for apples too cinnamon rocks. Thanks for sharing. I prefer eating in season as best as I can and organics mainly. There are tons of varieties of apples so we will only know the most popular sellers. Otherwise stores won’t bring in.

Carol Giambri September 30, 2011 at 10:24 pm

Hi Janis, Never looked at my gig as garden parenting, but yes, love that idea. I love playing with the fresh whatever. Just so much fun. I’m even obsessed even to take pictures at farmers market, grocery stores or beautiful chains where they make their display “prim and proper.” Thanks for sharing.

Wil October 1, 2011 at 10:20 am

I love apples, especially in the fall. Love to make apple pies and once in a great while I give in to having a caramel apple. Macs are my favorite. Now I have a new juicer and I make my own cider!

Carol Giambri October 2, 2011 at 9:45 am

Wil, wow, a new juicer. Kind? I have Green Power. Love those apple pies too but I mainly do raw foods and my oven is dead over a year so my choices, out of choice, are limited. I own dehydrator however. How about some apple cinnamon cookies? Oh, caramel apple–may some this season. Thanks for sharing.

Solvita October 2, 2011 at 10:39 am

Great post on apples Carol, and I didn't know that white vinegar removes all the harmful chemicals…well I learn from you every time – you are just like a library of good and useful information!! :)

Carol Giambri October 2, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Solvita, we are so ever evolving and glad to be learning from you, sharing with others too. Amazing what natural stuff we have around for cleaning. Yeah! Thanks for commenting.

Helen Monsalve November 3, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Someone commented on upstate NY apples.  We went to the Apple Harvest Festival in Courtland, NY and I liked it so much better than the National Apple Harvest Festival near Gettysburg, PA.  The food was so good, the crafts were amazing and the apples were so good, particularly the JonaGold apples.  Brought some home, made pies and we're still eating the JonaGold's. 

Carol Giambri November 3, 2011 at 11:10 pm

Helen, Can I be jealous and happy for you. Lucky you. I remember John and I used to upstate for apples too. Wow, already making pies. I do love all apples. Thanks for sharing Helen. Miss you guys. I can never forgot the “famous” picking ride.

Tara December 12, 2011 at 12:46 am

I love apples, they are by far my fruit of choice!! It's good to hear they are so good for me!! LOL!!

Carol Giambri December 12, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Tara, apples are amazingly great and glad they are your favorite fruit.  LOL

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