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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Why Not Make Every Day Apple Crunch Day?

In celebration of Food Day last week, we promoted a community Apple Crunch Day. It was awesome to see so many people and agencies participate. At WMHS we gave away apples in our cafeteria. Pictured here are some in our Change to Win nutrition classes celebrating Apple Crunch Day.

Since we’re still in apple season, now’s a great time to make every day Apple Crunch Day. After all, it turns out that an apple a day may truly keep the doctor away. Mounting research reveals many health benefits of eating apples.

Research links eating apples with reduction of complications or prevention of various diseases, including Alzheimer’s, asthma, cancer, heart disease and type II diabetes. The fiber in apples helps to control blood sugar levels and lowers cholesterol levels. Apples are low in calories and high in fiber.  One medium apple contains only about 80 calories and 5 grams of fiber.  

This season, try making your own apple chips. Preheat oven to 200-225 degrees F. Slice apples very thinly (mandolin works well, but not mandatory) and place in a single layer on baking sheets lined with parchment paper or silpat. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 1 hour, flip over and bake for another hour. Turn off oven and let cool in oven. Cooking times may vary depending on oven, so watch carefully towards the end.

For more nutrition information, contact Theresa Stahl, RDN, LDN, WMHS Outpatient Community Dietitian at or 240-964-8416.

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