I’m sure you’ve heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Turns out, it’s a pretty accurate expression! As apple picking season starts to ramp up, it’s good to know the amazing health benefits you can get from the delicious fruits you grab from that tree!
Apples are high in soluble fiber – this type of fiber is excellent when it comes to lowering bad (LDL) cholesterol, as well as aiding with digestion, nutrient absorption and weight loss. The fiber from apples can also help reduce health issues attributed to obesity, such as type 2 diabetes.
Apples can help boost brain health – according to numerous studies, apples can help protect brain cells from degeneration, reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s.
They are high in polyphenols – Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants in apples that are great for fighting off infections, managing heart health, and more!
Try making these sweet and savoury recipes this fall that will win over any crowd!:
AUTUMN APPLE BITES:
In a food processor, add ½ C of grated organic apples (dry them out in a towel as best as you can, or try dehydrated apples), 4-5 Medjool dates, ¼ C raw organic almonds, ¼ C raw organic walnuts, 1-2 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1 pinch of sea salt, ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract, and blend until mixture is well incorporated. Roll mixture into 1 inch balls and store in the fridge. Once cooled and firm, enjoy as an energizing snack!
APPLE PIE SMOOTHIE:
In a blender, mix 1 C organic nut milk, 1 tbsp. almond butter, ½ C organic rolled oats, 1 organic apple chopped, ½ medium sized organic banana, 2 tsp. cinnamon, 1 tsp. all spice and 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional) until smooth. Start your morning off with a tall glass!
TURKEY, CHEDDAR AND APPLE PANINI:
Build your own sandwich with ciabatta bread of your choice, 2 thin slices of roasted organic turkey breast, ½ an organic granny smith apple thinly sliced, 2 thick sliced of medium cheddar cheese, organic green leaf lettuce and 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard. Add to a panini press or pan fry until cheese has melted, and enjoy for lunch on a cool fall afternoon.