Cindy Novotny

Wake Up and Smell the Apples!


How do you jumpstart your day?  The old adage of ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away,’ applies to energy as well.  A green apple is said to give you as much energy as a cup of coffee with better health benefits.

When you wake up feeling groggy in the morning, should you reach for an apple or a hot cup of coffee? Apples and coffee are harder to compare than apples to oranges (at least they are both fruit), but both coffee and green apples make you feel energized. 


Coffee gives you a zippy zap in your step because it contains caffeine. One cup of coffee contains about 95 milligrams of caffeine, which works as a stimulant for your brain and nervous system. That stimulation may make you feel more energized, but coffee isn't actually giving your body energy because that cup only contains 2 calories and no sugars or other carbs.


An apple doesn't provide the stimulation that coffee can, but it does fuel your body with more energy while helping to stabilize blood sugar. An apple keeps you going because it contains calories and carbohydrates, as well as vitamins and minerals.

Now you may be mystified at my new take on health, but always remember I am known as the ‘energizer bunny,’ and that happens without going for a run.  I am a firm believer in getting the day started off right and that is a critical first step in my success. 

I have recently started having an apple in the morning before my first cup of coffee and I can actually tell the difference in how I feel.  I drink less coffee, feel satisfied without eating a huge breakfast and have even more energy than before!  Watch out!

So next week just try it – I dare you to give yourself a new boost in the morning that will last all day.