Ok. This is officially crazy. I won the Bat Mitzvah contest (still can’t believe it!), the teachers are already armed with tests, and Rosh Hashana is coming up! The proof? The bags of freshly-picked apples in the fridge (courtesy of my little brothers’ trips). Yeah, that and the honey bee farm trip. It seems like the schools just can’t get original. But, you know what? They shouldn’t. Because apples and honey are symbols of Rosh Hashana just like those trips are (okay, more of a symbol:).
Anyway, apples are yum AND healthy. (Do I really need to spell it out for you? An apple a day… Got it?) Thing is.. Is that expression true? Well, that’s what we’re here to find out!
First off, apples contain many antioxidants (including vitamin C) and phytonutrients which basically prevent and treat many diseases and are necessary for your growth, development and overall well-being. Add to that a few B-complex vitamins (we’re talking riboflavin, thiamin, and pyridoxine). Apples also contain small amounts of very-good-for-you minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, and calcium. So, yeah. The inventors of that little saying weren’t kidding around. Eat those apples and you’ll be on your way to better health! 🙂
Now on to even sweeter things: Honey. Its benefits are huge. To begin, it’s a great energy booster, so eat some honey before you run a few miles. What else? Honey is an immune system builder. Did you know that its smell can help someone with asthma? It’s also used to treat cuts and burns. Having a restless night? Try some milk and honey. And, come on, who doesn’t know the #1 cure for sore throats (besides chicken soup;)? Lemon and honey it is!
So this year, when you dip that apple in honey, pray for a healthy, sweet year for yourself and your friends. And may you be blessed with the best year ever!!!
K’siva VaChasima Tovah,
PS Forgive me? 😉