With the arrival of fall comes cooler weather, leaves changing color and the opportunity for a fun, healthy outdoor activity everyone can enjoy – apple picking. Nearby orchards, like the ones in Oak Glen and Yucaipa, make the annual fall festivity readily accessible and the benefits to those who take part in it are endless.
Apple picking is an inexpensive, family-friendly activity suitable for all ages that not only gets you out of the house but also provides an opportunity to interact with both Mother Nature and loved ones. Just like sunshine and fresh air, socializing with others has been shown to help improve a person’s mood, boost brain health and even lead to longer expected lifespans.
And that doesn’t even factor in the health benefits of the apples themselves. While the old saying of “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” may be a bit simplistic, the nutrients they provide can play a key part in leading a healthy lifestyle.
A good source of vitamins and minerals, apples are known to have a low glycemic index and research has shown their fiber contents can help lower blood cholesterol. Additionally, apples possess antioxidants and their skins contain a polyphenol that’s been linked to everything from blocking cholesterol absorption to lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease.
So, whether you’re looking for something to do outdoors or simply want to add a nutritious snack to your diet, apple picking checks all the boxes. A stroll through a lush orchard with friends and family on a cool fall day is enticing enough, but the presence of healthy, delicious apples ripe for the picking make this activity a must try.
“If you ever wonder if you’re eating behavior is well-balanced or if you have a concern about your nutrition intake, it’s not a bad idea to stop at the dietitian’s office,”
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