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In Praise of Apples

Apples stay fresh in the refrigerator for six months or more, so they are great to keep on hand.    

In a previous post I mentioned that MyMoneyPicture helped me discover how much I was spending on groceries every month.   I was stunned so much of my income was going towards something I never considered could be an issue.   It is a perfect example of how thoughtless spending can be so insidious, and how MyMoneyPicture can make such a difference.

One issue I had was I had started buying more fresh produce in an attempt to improve my health.   However, much of the produce spoiled before I had a chance to eat it.   Shopping for groceries more often and just buying food for a few days at a time helped.    But so did the humble apple.

An apple can stay fresh in the refrigerator for six months or more.   And it is such a versatile item to have on hand.  You can bite into one raw for a healthy snack, or you can slice them to eat with peanut butter or hummus.  

My favorite thing, when I want a mealette (more than a snack, less than a meal) is to quarter an apple, top with goat cheese and cinnamon, and bake for 20-30 minutes in a toaster oven.

Baked apples topped with goat cheese and cinnamon.  A delicious combination of mildly sweet and savory.

Apples usually cost well under $1 and are less than 100 calories.   They are a great source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, with 4 grams of total fiber in a medium apple.   And they contain vitamin C, potassium, and phytochemicals.  

I have made this nutritious, versatile and economical item a staple of my diet, and it has helped cut my grocery bill in half.