The old adage 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away' has a lot of truth, Canfield says. "Apples truly are one of nature's best diet foods. They fill you up for only about 100 calories, and they're packed with cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin C. And studies have shown that apple eaters have a lower risk of suffering heart disease, strokes, and metabolic syndrome."
Visit an apple orchard this fall and spend an afternoon picking your own supply. You'll burn off a few extra calories and get to see exactly where your food comes from. (It's also a great fall date idea!)