My name is Annmarie and I am a college student studying communications and biology at Simmons College. Blogging about all things student health related, while on a journey to not only a degree but a healthier mind, body and spirit.
This weekend I went apple picking and my trip got me thinking about the phrase “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” I decided to look into some reasons why this seasonal favorite is a great snack choice:
Apples contain vitamin C, which is great for your immune system. Did you know that people who take in a lot of vitamin C on a regular basis have shorter colds or milder symptoms. Almost half of the vitamin C content of an apple is in the skin, so leave the skin on your apple!
Apples are low in calories, ranging from 70-100 calories. Instead of going for a piece of chocolate, satisfy your sweet tooth craving with a juicy apple.
They are Easy to carry on the go. If you are like me and constantly on the go, apples are the perfect thing to grab on your way out of your room. Apples are also cheap, which is great for broke college students. Also check to see if your dinning hall allows you to grab a piece of fresh fruit when you leave. It is great way to get produce without access to a close-bye supermarket.
Apples are sources of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps to prevent cholesterol buildup in blood vessel walls, reducing risk of heart disease. And insoluble fiber helps regulate your digestive system.
also they are just yummy! There are many varieties of apples; sweet, tart, soft and smooth, or crisp and crunchy. Why not add some peanut butter for some added protein and flavor?
While it will certainly take more than an apple a day to keep you healthy, it is an easy step toward a more healthy lifestyle!