How Do You Like Them Apples?

How Do You Like Them Apples?

There are only 4 fruits listed as allowable on the Pounds and Inches Away Plan – an apple, an orange, ½ grapefruit or a handful of strawberries. Since fall, apple season, is upon us, let’s
talk about apples. I’ve heard a bit of complaining over the years from dieters
who say that they only have those 4 fruits to choose from and they’re getting
soooo tired of eating apples.But there
are soooo many different types of apples (over 7,000 varieties) in the world
today and varieties are different enough from one another that it can seem as
if you are eating a different fruit altogether.

Additionally, even while on the low calorie phase of the diet,
there are 3 different ways to prepare an apple. You can eat it raw (my favorite
since whole and uncooked is best nutrient-wise) or, for a change of pace, you
can either make applesauce or slice and bake an apple with a little stevia and
cinnamon sprinkled on top (yum!).

Below are lists of the 10 most popular apple varieties in
the U.S. that are used for eating raw, making applesauce and baking. It is the
texture and flavor of an apple that makes it better suited for one purpose or
another. A sweet, juicy, less-firm apple is perfect for making applesauce while
a firm apple is better for baking since it will maintain its form in the oven.
As for snacking on a raw apple, personal preference is the key. My 12-year-old
son likes Granny Smith apples, which are very tart and firm, while my 14-year-old
daughter prefers Honeycrisp, a very sweet, crispy apple. I like ‘em all; it
just depends what mood I’m in.

10 Most Popular Apples for Eating Raw: Braeburn, Cameo,
Cortland, Empire, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Johnagold,

10 Most Popular Apples for Making Applesauce: Cameo,
Cortland, Fuji, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Johnagold,
McIntosh, Pink Lady, Stayman.

10 Most Popular Apples for Baking: Baldwin, Cameo, Cortland,
Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Idared, Johnagold, Johnathan, Rome

In case you are not familiar with these varieties, here is a
short description of each.

Baldwin – sweet,

Braeburn –
both sweet and tart, crisp

Cameo – sweet,
crisp, juicy

Cortland – sweet,
crisp; doesn’t brown quickly

Empire –
sweet, crisp, firm

Fuji –
sweet, crisp, juicy

Delicious – sweet, juicy, best all purpose

Granny Smith
– tart, crisp, juicy

Honeycrisp –
sweet, crisp

Idared – sweet
and tart, crisp, firm

Johnagold –
both sweet and tart

Johnathan –
sweet and tart

McIntosh –
sweet, juicy, less firm

Pink Lady – tart/sweet,

Rome Beauty
– sweet, firm

Stayman – sweet
and tart, juicy

Even though you’re
probably really psyched now to try different varieties of apples along with the
different methods of preparing them (oh, the many possibilities…), please don’t
forget about those other 3 fruits. Keep in mind that that participants are encouraged to vary their selection of
fruits and vegetables each day
in order to get that much needed variety of vitamins
and nutrients while on the low calorie phase of the Pounds and Inches Away Program.