Apple picking season is here, making it that much easier to find a healthy snack when you're on the go. Apples are full of fiber and nutrients, and research (detailed in a recent Shape magazine article) shows that they can improve your body's overall health. With thousands of varieties to choose from, each with its own individual flavor and nutritional perks, you can enjoy them all autumn long.
Here are a few dancer-friendly varieties to get you started:
- Granny Smith: tart green apples packed with fiber and a blend of polyphenols that can help you stay fuller for longer. According to a new study, the nutrients in this apple support healthy gut bacteria which can reduce hunger and cravings.
- Fuji: sweet and crisp, with the highest concentration of bioflavenoids of all the apple varieties. Bioflavenoids are compounds that have been shown to have anti-inflammation and anti-aging properties.
- Gala: sweet with a thin, light red skin, these are loaded with flavenoids--compounds known for their anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Keep the peel on to reap the benefits most fully.