At only 95 calories for the average sized apple, they are must in any healthy diet. Apples are a wonder fruit; high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals- they also have no fat, cholesterol, or sodium. Apples contain natural sugars and complex carbohydrates, which help boost energy levels.
Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away or is just an old, worn-out saying? The truth is that eating apples contribute greatly to any healthy diet and with many so varieties of apples the possibilities of incorporating apples into your diet are endless. Apples can prevent tooth decay, prevent lung and heart diseases and even certain types of cancers (colon, prostate).
Because apples contain large amounts antioxidants, which can help prevent cancer, they also contain various nutrients that help lower cholesterol, decrease the effects of osteoporosis, and help your body function. One of the amazing nutrients in apples is pectin which aides the digestive process and assists in managing diabetes.
Apples are a great midday snack, they contain complex carbohydrates which can provide with you with a sometimes much needed energy boost. Apples have no fat, cholesterol, or sodium. Calories in an apple along with carbohydrates and fats and low while providing vital nutrients like Vitamin A and Vitamin C.
There are many different varieties of apples to choose from. The most well known apples are:
Pink Lady– a sweet, crisp apple, perfect for fruit salads.
Granny Smith– an apple with a tart and bright flavor. They are great used in pies.
Braeburn– known for its depth of flavor and intense green and red colors.
Fuji– a crisp and juicy apple, best eaten by itself.
Red Delicious– known for it’s bright red color, this apple is great sliced as an afternoon snack paired with peanut butter.
Apples are easy to incorporate into your diet, besides eating an apple by itself; you can add apples to homemade muffins, breads, cakes, and salads. Baked apples complement pork dishes nicely and crisp apples are a great addition to chicken salad. A favorite way to add more apples to your diet is through an apple, spinach, and walnut salad. It’s a healthy and tasty dish, which that apple a day can keep the doctor far, far away.
WLFA’s Favorite Apple, Spinach, and Walnut Salad Recipe
2 apples cored and diced
4 tbsp of lemon juice
8 cups of fresh spinach
3 tbsp of olive oil
2/3 cup of crumbled goat cheese
1/2 cup toasted chopped walnuts
1 bulb of raw fennel, diced
Toss apples with 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice. Wash and dry spinach, place in large bowl. Add diced apples, fennel, walnuts, and goat cheese. Drizzle with olive oil and mix everything together. Enjoy!