Well-being with Meaning: An Apple a Day

SUNY New Paltz’s dietitian Evelyn Gezo is at it again! Take a moment to read over these simply delicious suggestions on how to incorporate an apple into your daily diet. The Hudson Valley is the epicenter for apple picking this time of year, so take advantage of our local options. Plus, you could turn your visit into a fun, active day.

October is a great month to enjoy New York State’s finest apple crops. Apples are high in fiber and have good-for-you carbohydrates along with many vitamins. Try these easy ways to enjoy apples:

* Slice some apples and serve with this peanut butter dip; just add a tablespoon of peanut butter to low-fat vanilla or plain yogurt, and then mix it until smooth.

* Take a large apple and cut out the core. Place in a microwave safe bowl, sprinkle with cinnamon and microwave until soft like a baked apple.

* Make a Waldorf Salad: sliced apples, sliced celery, walnuts, and raisins. Dress it with low-fat plain yogurt and a squirt of lemon juice.

* Add small pieces of cut up apple to instant oatmeal. The apple warms up and sweetens the oatmeal naturally…yum!

* Try cut up apple and walnuts in your healthy dry cereal, add fat free milk (or soy milk, added by Cat) and you are good to go!

* Make an apple crisp in your microwave, combine a cut up apple and granola – cover and microwave….Sweet!

…and don’t forget to just eat an apple plain – it may keep the Doctor away!

Healthy regards, Evelyn

Evelyn H. Gezo, MS,RD,CDN/Campus Registered Dietitian/NYS Certified Dietitian

Cat Juliano

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