Archive for October, 2012

Guest Blog: Connie Evers – Healthy Fall Recipes and Family Fun

Monday, October 1st, 2012

By Connie Evers MS, RD, LD – Nutrition for Kids

Connie’s Healthy Eating Blog – Apples and Pumpkins add to Autumn Fun

Celebrate the season with healthy recipes and family fun
As the leaves change color and the evenings become chilly, I’m reminded that it’s the season for farm fresh apples and ripe, sweet pumpkins. Versatile and delicious, both apples and pumpkins are packed with nutrients and antioxidants. The California Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom has compiled a list of books for kids that feature a number of children’s books about apples and pumpkins.

Apples
The antioxidants found in apples have been shown to promote lung health while the fiber in apples keeps you feeling full longer. An apple a day may just help control your weight, especially if eaten before meals.

Although there are more than 7,500 varieties of apples grown in the world, we normally see just 10 or so varieties in the grocery store. Instead of choosing the same tried and true Red Delicious this fall, be adventurous and bite into some of the newer varieties such as Honey Crisp, Melrose, Jazz or Pink Lady. Delicious as a snack or dessert, you can also use apples as an ingredient to enhance both the nutrition and flavor of your favorite meals and dishes.

Here are a few ideas:

1. Cut up apples and sauté (more…)