Apples may not hold the intrigue of more exotic fruits like mangoes and pineapples, but don’t be fooled! While apples may be one of the most commonplace fruits to be found in the grocery store, they still have tons of extraordinary health benefits! Apples are an excellent source of vitamin C, which can help boost the body’s immune system and ward of illness during cold season. They are also rich in potassium, an electrolyte that is vital for the proper function of the heart and muscles. Apples may also help decrease insulin secretion thanks to their pectin content, but one of the greatest benefits of making apples a regular part of your diet, is the hearty helping of soluble fiber they provide. Soluble fiber helps promote digestive health, detoxifies the body, and stabilizes blood sugar, and the average apple contains 4-5 grams of soluble fiber. Fiber also keeps you feeling full longer which makes apples an excellent food to keep on hand if you’re trying to maintain a healthy weight.
Looking for new and interesting ways to enjoy this kitchen staple? Here’s a list of easy and delicious ways to munch this mega-nourishing fruit!
Baked Apples – Peel and core a few apples, place them in a baking dish with a cup or two of water or cider, fill their centers with dried fruit, seeds, or nut butter if you like, drizzle on some manuka honey, sprinkle with cinnamon, and bake at 375 F for 30 - 45 minutes for a delicious and healthy dessert!
Roasted with Root Veggies – Apples are absolutely delicious when roasted with aromatic veggies like onions or fennel and add brightness to root veggies like beets and carrots when roasted together!
Sliced and Dipped into Fresh Nut Butter – Whether you like almond butter, sunflower seed butter, or classic peanut butter, this is the perfect snack to have before or after a big workout!
In Smoothies – If you have a high-powered blender like a BlendTec, throw an apple in with some greens, roasted root veggies, some almond milk, and Superfood + Protein Powder for a well-rounded, nourishing meal!
On a Salad – Chop or slice some tart green or pink lady apples and toss them up with some tender greens, chopped nuts, and a citrusy vinaigrette for a fresh and flavorful salad.
In Fresh Cocktails – Fresh apple juice makes a refreshingly sweet mixer for healthy holiday cocktails, Cheers!
As Nature Intended – There’s something so simply satisfying about taking a bite out of a fresh, raw apple a the peak of ripeness, so head out to your local market, find your favorite variety, and enjoy!