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9/19/2013-An Apple A Day...

Is it amazing how quickly time passes? Summer has all but come and gone, and here I sit mid September without a blog update. Perhaps it is due to the eventfulness of the past few weeks, which included me getting married and honeymooning and taking a little break from all of life's obligations to enjoy that. So, September has been a pretty red letter month for me, personally, but in general, this month is one of my favorites. The beautiful weather lets you turn off the AC and open the windows....all the new seasons of your favorite television shows start back up....and football is back! One of my favorite September activities is hitting up apple orchards that let you pick your own; on a mild Sunday afternoon, this is my perfect activity. September and October shout APPLES to me, so let me give a tribute to the apple and all of its nutritional greatness.

Although it might look like a simple piece of fruit, there's a lot more to an apple than meets the eye. Apples are a good source of a variety of vitamins and minerals. Apples are a source of both soluble and insoluble fiber which keep our bellies feeling full and our guts "regular." Studies have also established an association between apple consumption and numerous health benefits. Also, apples are  not only delicious, but easy to carry for snacking, low in calories, a natural mouth freshener, and they are still very inexpensive. An apple a day will do a lot more than just keep the doctor away.

Here is a great page from our very own University of Illinois Extension that give more information on apple, all the way from growing, to varieties and selection, to recipes, to facts and legends. WOW, who knew there was so much surrounding this little fruit!?

To help celebrate the harvest time of this fruit, Macomb Hy-Vee and the University of Illinois Extension office are hosting "Apples 101" on Monday, September 30th, at 6:00 p.m. at Macomb Hy-Vee Conference Room. Jennifer, Hy-Vee dietitian, and Mekenzie, extension dietitian, will be providing an evening of apple sampling, speaking on the benefits of apples as well as providing popular apple recipes. This class is free to attend but registration is required by emailing Jennifer at or calling 309-837-9917.

Date: 9/30/2013
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Conference Room (1600 E Jackson St Macomb, IL 61455)


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