Think that the old adage "an apple a day keeps the doctor away" is stuff and nonsense? Think again. Here are just a few of the nutrition benefits of one of the most modest members of the produce department.
Apples are good sources of:
- vitamin C
- all sorts of phytonutrients.
- heart disease and stroke
- lowers risk of certain cancers and type 2 diabetes
- helps improve gut health
- helps with weight management.
One of the main benefits of apples is also a reason they are passed over – they are so universally available that they are almost invisible. So start seeing apples. They are one of the most consistently available and inexpensive items in the produce department, to say nothing of being found at breakfast buffets and fruit bowls everywhere.
But you may be a bit tired of the traditional plain apple, so here are some ways to fall in love again with nature’s unsung powerhouse:
Add apples to your oatmeal or as part of your parfait. Bring apples into the breakfast scene by slicing them onto your oatmeal (you can cook them with the oatmeal if you like a softer, cooked texture), or dice them and put them on your Greek yogurt parfait.
Top your toast or English muffin with some nut butter and thin sliced apples, or even add it into your grilled cheese for a sophisticated flavor combination of savory, sweet and tart.
Make an apple sandwich for lunch. Spread a cross-sectional slice of apple with some peanut butter, sprinkle with some granola and put an apple slice on top.
Pull out your apple-prep tools. Chances are you have an apple slicer, corer or peeler somewhere in the back of a drawer or pantry. And since a lot of the nutritional benefits are found in the peel, let your kiddos eat the apple “ribbons” as you run them through a peeler.
No time or energy to bake an apple pie? Make a batch of baked apples in a crockpot or bake them in the oven and freeze them in individual portions for the perfect comforting snack or addition to breakfast on a cold morning.