Saturday, September 12, 2015


Tomorrow, I will take my children on our annual visit to a local apple orchard.  It is one of our favorite traditions.  Even though my children are now in their teens, they still enjoy this yearly trip to pick apples.  It helps that the orchard also makes the best apple cider in town, so we tend to stock up for yummy drinks on those chilly, fall nights.

Apples offer many nutritional benefits.  Here are my top five reasons for eating apples (besides their yummy flavor):

1.  The fiber in apples can help lower cholesterol.
2.  Apples are low in calories, but provide a satisfying snack.
3.  Apples are a good source of vitamin C.
4.  It is possible that apples help prevent colon cancer.
5.  Apples can help reduce the risk of developing Diabetes Type 2.
Even if you don’t have a local apple orchard, most grocery stores sell a wide variety of apples and apple cider.  Here is a spiced apple cider recipe for you to try!

8 cups fresh apple cider or apple juice
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon or 2 cinnamon sticks
1/8 teaspoon grated nutmeg
4 whole cloves
1 orange, cut into slices
8 cinnamon sticks
1 cup sweetened whipped cream
1.  Heat the cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and orange slices in a 3-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until the mixture is hot, stirring occasionally.

2.  Strain the cider into a heatproof pitcher or individual mugs. Garnish with cinnamon sticks and whipped cream, if desired.

Valerie J Connor, MA CCC-SLP

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