11 Healthy Reasons to Love Apples

Healthy Breakfast

"An apple a day" might be one of the best sayings. One medium apple is under 100 calories, and a good source of fiber and vitamin C, with zero fat, cholesterol or sodium.

A healthy diet is packed with a lot more fruits and vegetables than the average American diet. And with overweight and obesity impacting the quality of life for more Americans than ever – from our young children to our elderly – it’s time to change the way we eat. The ever changing science about micronutrients may be fascinating (it is!), but part of pushing back the tide of today’s poor eating habits can be as simple as this: eat more fruits and vegetables.

May I offer up the quintessential fall apple for your consideration. Apples are not only in season and locally available right now (read: high quality and affordable), they’re also widely loved, making them a simple choice for adding more produce to the day’s diet.

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What’s the Best Apple to Make Apple Pie?

Apple Pie

Empire, Honeycrisp and Golden Delicious apples are some of the best apple types to use in Apple Pie.

It seems like a riddle, doesn’t it? After all, all apples look the same. So, does it really matter which apple you use to make a pie? Um, yes.

If you want your apple pie to be super tasty, you need to choose an apple with great texture that’s also tart and sweet. The apple you choose needs to hold its shape after baking, which means it needs to be just mushy enough but still melt in the mouth….

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Late Summer Cooking Inspiration from Chef Tina Bourbeau

cherries

Stone fruits, like cherries, pair well with cheese. They can also be cooked down in red wine and served with your favorite meats.

Ever run out of ideas on what to make for dinner? Late summer is the best time of year for light and delicious seasonal treats.

“There are more choices right now than during any other season,” says FreshDirect Chef Tina Bourbeau. Below are some easy ideas to get you going in the right direction. Rule of thumb: “It’s hard to go wrong with your favorite cheese and your favorite stone fruit,” she says.

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Just Desserts*

Fruit and Yogurt

Adding fruit to yogurt makes an easy summer dessert

We’re wired to enjoy the sweet life. Nature knows this. Her answer: Sweet summer fruit. While it’s in season and in peak form, why look anywhere else to satisfy your sweet tooth?

People have long cherished the treasures of summer. Long before poet T.S. Eliot mused, “Do I dare to eat a peach?”; and long before poet William Carlos Williams wrote “I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast. Forgive me they were delicious – so sweet and so cold.” Read on for some of my favorites, plus a few stellar suggestions from chef Tina Bourbeau.

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Floyd Cardoz’s Watermelon Salad

Watermelon Salad

Floyd Cardoz's Watermelon Salad is a perfect salad for summer!

Were you as happy as we were when Floyd Cardoz won Top Chef Masters? We were ecstatic when the chef behind our Tabla meals became the Season 3 winner.

So to celebrate National Watermelon Day (today!), he sent us this fresh, vibrant watermelon salad recipe to share with you! This salad pairs especially well with Chef Cardoz’s Spicy Black Pepper Shrimp.

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3 Hidden Gems in the Produce Aisle

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Don't be scared! Mangosteens are both delicious and good for you too!

Apples, oranges, broccoli and carrots may all be good for you (they are!), but if these are your only go-to fruits and veggies, you may be missing out on discovering the tastes, textures, and health benefits of lesser known gems in the produce aisle.

Tickle your taste buds and give in to your fascination with food by getting to know mangosteen, pluots and fennel. Read more about them here, and then try them at home with quick and easy meal ideas.

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7 Party Tips for Kids with Food Allergies

Allergy Friendly Fruit

DIY ice pops are a good choice for kids who have one of the 8 most common food allergies.

I love to entertain – especially for kids.  My little nieces, nephews and cousins all get so excited when they see tables topped with colorful fruits, cupcakes and other goodies. Recently I attended a kids party and noticed all of the detailed food labels. The hostess told me that a handful of the kids had food allergies and this was one way to keep them safe.

Amongst my friends and family, it seems that food allergies in kids are on the rise. A recent study published by Pediatrics confirmed this observation. According to the FDA, the 8 most common food allergies are milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts (e.g. almonds, cashews, walnuts), fish, shellfish, soy and wheat.

I asked my friend (whose son has a soy allergy) to share her 7 party tips for kids with food allergies:…

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What to Eat to Keep Your Cool

Watermelon to keep your cool

Watermelon is a great way to keep your cool!

Summer can be brutally hot! When it’s humid and there’s more water in the air than usual, the body has a harder time cooling itself down.

If the body over-heats, it can even be dangerous (always call your doctor or even 911 if you suspect heat stroke). Symptoms may include headache, nausea, high blood pressure, fatigue and fainting. At the very least, it can be uncomfortable.

The good news is that there are simple preventative things you can do to beat the heat!…

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Family Road Trip Snack Tips

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Cut Vegetables and Dip

School’s out, summer’s here and the open road awaits. For thousands of families, that can mean only one thing: ROAD TRIP!

So many of my friends are new parents, and they’re always looking for ways to feed and entertain their kids on the road.

So I asked a few moms, “In addition to hand wipes and sunscreen, what else should be packed on a family road trip?” Here are some of my favorite tips:…

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Six Quick Ideas for Peak-Season Berries

Having grown up in Oregon, a state famous for its prodigious berry selection, I learned early on that the best thing you can do with a berry is to (drum roll) just. eat. it. However, that would make this blog post rather uninspiring, so…

Fresh Strawberries

Fresh Strawberries

Most folks showcase berries’ goodness in muffins, cobbler and pie, but I’ll be honest with you — I don’t really do a whole lot of baking with fresh summer berries. Peak-season berries are pretty much perfection as they are and, honestly, the last thing I’m thinking about doing on an 80°-plus day is turning on my oven.

Besides, baking is just NOT my strong point (you could do serious damage with good aim and one of my cakes), so I’m always interested in tips that don’t require careful measurement and a gentle touch….

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