There are tons and tons of sources out there telling us how good apples are for our diets. I could simply sum it up and say Apples = Good = Long Life. But here are some details.
Apples are easy. They're great raw, they're great cooked, they're readily available, and come in a ton of different varieties. I love chopping them up and freezing them for a quick add to a smoothie, or chopping them up and adding them to a salad for a bit of sweet crunch.
Polyphenols are micronutrients that help prevent degenerative diseases. Recent research has shown that apple polyphenols can help prevent spikes in blood sugar through a variety of mechanisms. The enzymes in apples help breakdown complex carbs into simple sugars which then leave your blood sugar with fewer simple sugars to deal with. The polyphenols in apples also act as antioxidants and have a unique mix of polyphenols that help lower cholesterol and have anti-inflammatory effects. Apples have anti-cancer benefits and anti-asthma benefits. Apples can improve your neurological health because of their antioxidant called "quercetin" which reduces cellular death caused by oxidation and inflammation of neurons.
Here's a great short video from Dr. Michael Gregor discussing why apples are great cancer fighters. Spoiler - eat your apple peels!
Valentine's Day is around the corner and rather than buying your loved one material goods, why not make a delicious meal to show your love? Or better yet, make it together! Here are some of my recipes perfect for a Valentine's Day Dinner!
I love fall - the weather starts to cool down, the leaves change into magnificent reds, yellows, and oranges, apples, pumpkins, and butternut squash are in abundance, and soup is always on the menu. Here are my favorite 10 recipes to bring you into the changing of the seasons!
This salad is so amazingly good! Its crunchy, sweet, salty and full of fresh and crispy ingredients. I've made a vinaigrette to go along with this salad, but its also good with a dash of Follow Your Heart Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing.
Tom and I were recently in Minnesota and had brunch with his Aunt Judy who made us this AMAZING baked oatmeal. It was by far the best breakfast we had while we were in town. Here’s my version of it - full of pecans, dried cranberries, apples, and a few other delicious goodies!
You'll never have to buy store applesauce again! Its so incredibly easy to make - 30 minutes and you have delicious applesauce for eating on its own or using in replacement for oil when baking.
This salad is perfect to bring us into fall vegetables. It takes a little bit of preparation by roasting the butternut squash and cooking quinoa, but takes only a few minutes to toss together at the end. Sweet, tangy, and crunchy - this makes a perfect midweek salad!
I love this salad! Its perfect for a hot day - cool and refreshing, crunchy and juicy, and includes all your favorites - apples, grapes, celery, and walnuts. You can serve it over lettuce or spinach to fill it out, or wrap it up in a tortilla for a delicious lunch!
This smoothie is packed with ingredients that are just going to make you FEEL GOOD. Chia and pumpkin seeds for energy, flax seeds for good digestion, strawberries, apples, and beets for antioxidants, kale and spinach for calcium, and tart cherry juice for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Simple, refreshing, and quick to put together. Give this a go as your Thanksgiving Day Salad and palates will be primed for the rest of your meal!
Every ingredient in this green smoothie counts: pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, flax seeds, apples, pineapple, kale, spinach, and ginger. Its a crazy color, but don't let that put you off. Its delicious, super nutritious, and filling. Give it a go and I promise you won't regret it!