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Avery’s Healthy Campus Eats: Apple Picking

Photo: Liz Labeau

Hello, WTHers! This week we’re going to take a break from all of the super-healthy foods and venture outside of campus to Beak & Skiff Apple Orchard. The orchard is in LaFayette, about 15 minutes from Syracuse, and it’s a perfect place to spend the day in the fall. There are rows and rows of apple trees where you can climb up the ladder and pick the apples yourselves! Beak & Skiff has a variety of apples, including Empire, Red Delicious and Fuji apples. Apples are a wonderful, healthy snack. They contain 5 grams of belly-filling fiber, and are absolutely delicious in-season so there’s no excuse not to buy a bag and eat them!

In addition to the endless supply of crisp, fresh apples, Beak & Skiff offers many tempting apple-themed treats, such as apple fritters, apple pie, and candy and caramel apples. Though these foods don’t exactly fall under the category of “healthy,” we can all make an exception once in a while! When choosing which apple dessert to indulge in, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Nutrition facts for 1 Medium-sized Candy or Caramel Apple: Calories: 290, Carbs: 50 grams, Sugar: 50 grams, Fat: 0 grams, Protein: 1 gram, Fiber: 5 grams

Nutrition facts for 1 slice of Apple Pie (1/6th of an 8” pie): Calories: 280, Carbs: 40 grams, Sugar: 30 grams, Fat: 15 grams, Protein: 2 grams, Fiber: 2 grams

Nutrition facts for 1 Apple Fritter Donut: Calories: 300, Carbs: 50 grams, Sugar: 20 grams, Fat: 11 grams, Protein: 2 grams, Fiber: 2 grams

These nutrition facts are just estimates, and will vary based on the size of the pie/donut/etc. But the bottom line is it’s dessert, so choose whichever treat fits your craving, and ignore all the nutrition statistics. While eating healthy is important, there’s no harm in treating yourself every once and a while. So pick your dessert and enjoy!

By Avery Bowser