December Super Food: Apples

By Chesney Blue, RN

Apples alone won’t keep the doctor away, but they can be a step in the right direction. Apples are delicious, low in calories, a natural mouth freshener and full of fiber, and other health promoting nutrients. To get more fiber in your diet, don’t peel the skins off of the apple. Two-thirds of the fiber and antioxidants are found in the peel. Antioxidants help to reduce damage to cells which can trigger some diseases. Apples are a great source of fiber pectin with one apple containing five grams of fiber. Apples can be included in a variety of recipes, both hot and cold as well as in fruit cups or whole as hand fruit. Take advantage of the varieties available during peak apple season and try some lesser known apple varieties throughout the winter months.

Grilled Brie with Walnuts and Apple Sandwich

1 each Artisan Roll
1 oz Cheese, Brie
1 tbsp Walnut Halves & Pieces, Chopped
2 oz Granny Smith Apples, Cored, Sliced
3/4 oz Havarti Cheese
1 tsp Oil, Olive

Slice bread in half horizontally. To build the sandwich, place thinly sliced brie onto the bottom half of bread and sprinkle with chopped walnuts, sliced apples, a slice of havarti cheese, and top with the other half of bread.

Lightly brush oil onto both sides of the sandwich and cook on medium hot skillet. Cook sandwich on both sides until
bread is toasted and cheese is melted, or use a panini press. Serve immediately.