Try Acorn Squash and…

Posted 12/11/2012 | By HealthCorps

Here is a simple recipe loaded with flavor and health benefits.  Slice one acorn squash in half, and wrap each half in plastic wrap.  Microwave on high till the squash is tender and cooked through.  Top with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar, and herbs or fresh cranberries.  One 4-inch acorn squash has about 170 calories and 3 grams of protein.  It is a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins A, B6 and C, and contains folate, magnesium and potassium.

Stay heart-healthy by eating apples.  A medium apple has 4 grams of fiber and is rich in vitamin C and potassium.  There are so many different types of apples to choose from this time of year.  A study in the Journal of Functional Foods found that healthy, middle-aged adults who ate one apple daily for four weeks succeeded in reducing their “bad levels” of cholesterol by 40%. (www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/heart-healthy-eating-apples-daily-study-article-1.1175715 Mediterranean dieters).  If you want to bake apples, Granny Smith and McIntosh types are best.  Core the apples and fill with raisins, cinnamon and a bit of juice.  Wrap each bottom with a bit of aluminum foil so the liquid is not lost during baking.  Bake at 350 degrees till tender.  An apple a day may indeed keep the doctor away!!

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