Apple season’s not over yet. Here at The Well Daily headquarters, we’re making the most of our favorite fall fruit and finding creative ways to sneak in more apples. Let us know if you have any favorite ways to eat this healthy treat!
If you’re like us, going apple picking just might be on your list of upcoming weekend outings. You might also be wondering what you’ll do with bushels upon bushels of apples once the day is done. We’ll be trying these ideas to make the most of our local picks.
The Juicier the Better: Make green veggie juice part of your morning routine and sweeten the concoction with an apple. Alternatively, retain the apple’s fiber by chopping it into small pieces and blending it into your green smoothie.
Baked Right In: If dessert is your weakness, get all the taste with none of the refined sugar. Core an apple, sprinkle it with cinnamon and nutmeg, add a drizzle of pure maple syrup and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Add chopped nuts or raisins for amped-up flavor.
Chop, Chop: Sweet or tart, the flavorful crunch of an apple adds variety and texture to almost any dish. Dice apples and toss them into salads or create a quick pilaf by adding them to cooked whole grains with nuts, seeds, herbs or spices. Our favorite on a crisp morning: make a warming porridge by cooking apples on the stovetop with oats or leftover grains, cinnamon, chopped nuts and your milk of choice.
Masked Beauty: Take advantage of the pectin and tannins in apples to renew and moisturize your skin. Grate an apple and mix it with two tablespoons of raw honey, the sweetener that’s great for your skin. Spread the mixture onto your face and rinse it off after ten minutes to reveal a healthy glow.
Make the Harvest Last: If you’ve enjoyed and shared your bounty and still have apples leftover, preserve them. Making jam is easier than it sounds; learn simple methods on your own or take a class.
The Well Wisdom: There’s truth in that old adage about an apple a day. Apples provide soluble fiber to lower cholesterol, boron to support strong bones, vitamin C to boost immunity and phytonutrients to fight damage from free radicals. Plus, apples have a long and local season, so this is a daily habit worth keeping.
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I normally try to avoid Times Square. If you’ve ever been (or even if you just share my deep appreciation for peaceful, serene places), you might know the feeling of being overwhelmed and dizzied by the thousands of people and by all the bright billboards that, even during the night, cast a bright glow over Broadway between 42nd and 47th Streets in New York City. But last Wednesday night was a different experience altogether.
On October 12th, Joyful Heart joined a coalition of advocates, community members and officials from across New York City and the state in Times Square to Shine the Light on domestic violence. In a brief but incredibly powerful period of about 25 minutes, more billboards than I could count lit up purple for Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the thousands of people in Times Square couldn’t help but notice them.
From every vantage point, one message could be seen on the billboards over and over again: “You are not alone.”
To see one of the brightest corners of the world shine purple to raise awareness about this issue that directly affects one in four women and one in thirteen men was incredible.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a month dedicated to shedding light onto this issue that most of the time, affects people behind closed doors.
“Domestic violence can affect anyone, regardless of race, background, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status. One in four women will experience it in her lifetime. Although almost half the women murdered in our state are killed by their intimate partners, the number one fact is that most cases are never reported,” said Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer.
“Let’s join together as one city and make sure that we protect people.”
It was a true privilege to be there, side-by-side with passers-by, advocates and the tall buildings with their bright building draped in purple, in this effort.
But New York City wasn’t the only place that is shining the light on domestic violence this month. Over in Los Angeles, various landmarks also turned purple.
In fact, just last week, the Los Angeles Board of Education passed a landmark resolution to build a mult-million dollar teen dating violence prevention program. According to a press release from Peace Over Violence, a leader in the movement to end violence for decades that helped shape the resolution, it provides for district coordination of teen dating violence intervention and prevention strategies at all Los Angeles Unified School Distict schools, training of school staff, faculty and administrators, as well as prevention education for students and parents/caregivers and ongoing monitoring of teen dating violence incident reports and prevention activities.
This is a month that the White House is calling for real prevention: teaching young people how to treat others with respect and be in healthy, peaceful relationships. From the Presidential Proclamation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month:
“By engaging men and women, mothers and fathers, and schools and universities in the fight, we can teach our children about healthy relationships. We are asking everyone to play an active role in preventing and ending domestic violence, by stepping up to stop violence when they see it. During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we recommit to making sure that no one suffers alone, and to assisting those who need help in reaching a safer tomorrow.”
Read the full Presidential Proclamation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month here.
Communities Raising Awareness for Domestic Violence
What has your community been doing to shine the light on domestic violence this month? What have you been doing? If you or your town, school, office, youth group or club has been doing anything to raise awareness about domestic violence, we want to know! Post your pictures to our Facebook wall and we’ll add them to our new Facebook album showcasing all the efforts happening coast to coast and beyond.