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Apples and Pears: The Fruits of Fall

By Brandi Goodman 

Most people realize that apples are in season in fall. Apple picking at an orchard, apple bobbing at a party, and baking apple pies are just a few favorite activities people associate with the fruit. These are a great fall food considering the many health benefits they bring. Don't forget about pears though. This fruit is also in season and packs just as many nutrients as apples do. 

Health Benefits of Apples

Fiber is needed for digestion and apples provide plenty of it. Nearly 4 1/2 grams are present in one apple. You'll even get a half gram of protein. One of the most beneficial reasons for eating apples though is the amount of Vitamin C provided. More than 8 milligrams are found in a medium-sized apple. This antioxidant works to protect your body's cells from damage and keep your immune system fighting. 

Apple Recipes

Eating an apple whole or cut into slices are the best options since you'll be getting all of the nutrients. However, a meal or dessert with apples added can be quite delicious. Avoid store-bought apple pie and other desserts that are loaded with sugar and instead create your own concoctions at home to keep it healthier.

Apple cinnamon overnight oats is a great option for breakfast. Gluten-free rolled oats, coconut milk, diced apple, cinnamon, vanilla, chia seeds, and honey combine together for a delicious meal. Soak everything together in a jar overnight and you have a healthy breakfast to grab in the morning.

If dinner is what you're after, then sauteed chicken with apple and rosemary is an option to try. You'll get lots of protein and fiber with this meal. Sliced apples sauteed with onions is the first part of the dish. You'll then add chicken seasoned with rosemary and a splash of apple cider vinegar to bring out the flavors. It's a terrific fall meal.

Health Benefits of Pears

Pears make a healthy snack to enjoy. Coming in at just 100 calories, they have the ideal calorie count for a between meal treat. You'll get up to 6 grams of fiber to aid your digestion and a gram of protein. Vitamin C, Vitamin K, copper, and potassium are also present in the fruit. It's important to eat the whole pear and avoid peeling since the skin contains  most of the nutrients. 

Pear Recipes

Pears aren't as commonly seen in recipes as apples are, but they can be used. They can actually replace apples in many recipes since they're so similar in appearance, texture, and taste. Baked pears with cinnamon is a great start. This makes for a delicious dessert.

A dinner option is roasted chicken with honey bacon pears. This is a bit high in calories so use it as a cheat meal rather than a regular healthy choice. You'll get a heaping amount of protein though. You'll be comforted by this fall dish that starts with sauteed onions and bacon. Add in the chicken to cook while you mix your diced pears with honey. Add it all together for a savory meal with a bit of sweetness. 

Apples and pears are two of the best fruits you could be eating this fall. They each provide many health benefits and can be made into an array of recipes. Add both to your menu for a fall full of health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Kingwood, Tex.

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