Skip the Candy for Something, Sweet, Crunchy, and Healthy

Eat more apples to improve your health

It’s that time of year when every store you visit has mountains of Halloween candy on display. And if you start to stock up now for trick-or-treaters in a few weeks, you run the risk of breaking open that candy bag and derailing your diet. Come on, you know what we’re talking about.

When you’re committed to eating healthier, candy doesn’t make the list of foods you should be munching on. It’s fine to enjoy, the occasional sweet treat or piece of chocolate. But candy is loaded with empty calories, fat, sugar, and other ingredients that won’t help your waistline. Fortunately, there is something sweet, crunchy, and healthy you can enjoy, and it’s grown right here in Ohio.

Take a Bite of an Ohio Apple

If John Champman wore a fitness tracking device when he came through Ohio, he may well have set a world record for taking the most steps. He’s more commonly known as Johnny Appleseed, and he walked his way through Ohio in the early 1800s, planting apple trees. Now there’s more than 50 varieties of apples grown in northeastern Ohio, and they’re all a lot healthier than a typical candy bar or pile of Halloween candy.

Need proof? A freshly, picked apple is sweet, crisp, and crunchy, and only contains about 80 calories. Apples are also a good source of fiber, and are fat-free, sodium-free, and cholesterol-free. Compare that to a typical chocolate candy bar loaded with 200-plus calories, sugar, fat, sodium, and cholesterol. If you need to satisfy your sweet tooth, try an Ohio apple.

Health Benefits of Apples

You don’t have to look far to find apples in Ohio at this time of year. The grocery store, farmers markets, and local orchards all have an abundance of freshly picked apples. They taste, great, and they’re good for you. Research by the U.S. Apple Association, health professionals, and food scientists have found that eating apples can help:

• Control hunger and support weight loss and weight management
• Strengthen your immune system to prevent catching the cold or flu, and speed recovery if you do get sick
• Help prevent certain types of cancer
• Support brain health and protect against age-related memory loss
• Improve good gut bacteria to promote proper digestion
• Help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and reduce the risk for heart disease
• Naturally control blood sugar levels, to prevent or manage diabetes

Maybe an apple a day really will keep the doctor away. Are you hungry for a smart plan to eat healthy and exercise regularly? We can help. Click here to contact us and meet with a personal trainer to get a customized exercise and nutrition plan to help you meet your goals.

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