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Food for Thought


Seasonal Food Spotlight: Adding Apples

Hi, I’m Diane, and I’m your new registered dietitian (RD). What this basically means is that after years studying nutrition and 1200 hours in a supervised practice internship, I get to spend all day talking about delicious foods that can help you be as healthy as possible. Which is great, because I love food.

Lately I’ve been stocking up on apples. Apples contain heart-healthy soluble fiber and phytochemicals in a portable, delicious little package. Plus they’re in season right now, which means you can easily stock up on affordable, fresh apples at your local grocery store or farmer’s market. Although they’re great on their own, here are four other ways to add apples to your diet:

1. Mix equal parts peanut butter and vanilla yogurt. Spread on apple slices and enjoy.

2. Add thin apple slices to sandwiches for a satisfying crunch.

3. Cut apple into thin, small pieces (slightly bigger than shredded carrots). Microwave for 15-30 seconds. Add apple slices and cinnamon to pancake batter and cook.

4. Looking for a healthier dessert? Thinly slice an apple and spread pieces on a baking sheet or glass pan. Top with a little butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or allspice. Broil for 5 minutes or until apple starts to brown.

Submitted by Diane Blahut, MS, RD, LDN. Diane is available for individual appointments on Tuesdays from 8:30-5 at the Student Health and Wellness Center. For more information on RD credentials, click here .