An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away
By Laura Kelly-Pifer
Remember the saying “An apple a day keeps the Doctor away?” Well, that might just be true. Because it’s an all natural food, with no preservatives or artificial ingredients, apples are certainly a “good for you” food. Here are just a few reasons why you should eat apples.
- Biting and chewing an apple stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth, reducing tooth decay by lowering the levels of bacteria.
- Women who eat at least one apple a day are 28 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who don’t eat apples.
- Foods high in fiber will fill you up without costing you too many calories. And apples are one of those foods.
- The soluble fiber found in apples binds with fats in the intestine, which translates into lower cholesterol levels and a healthier you.
Add to that the many studies that are being performed to show that certain properties in apples can help reduce Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and more. These are all great reasons to incorporate apples into your day. You can do all sorts of things with apples. Enjoy with peanut butter, in sandwiches, in salads, hot cereals and even more. In addition, here are 3 healthy recipes using apples.
Apple Slaw: Whisk 2 Tbsp. each Greek yogurt, rice vinegar, an olive oil with 1 tsp. celery seed in a medium bowl. Stir in 1 thinly sliced fennel bulb, 1 julienned apple, and 3 Tbsp. chopped parsley. Lastly, season with sea salt.
Apple Curry: Warm 2 Tbsp. olive oil in a shallow pot over medium heat. Ass ¾ lb. boneless chicken thighs or breasts cut into bite size pieces. Season with sea salt and cook until browned and cooked through. Remove from pot and place into a bow. Add ½ thinly sliced onion and 1 chopped potato to pot and season with sea salt. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened and browned. Add 2 minced garlic cloves, 1-1/2 cups chicken broth, 1 peeled, chopped apple and 2 Tbsp. curry powder. Bring to a bowl and cook for 3 minutes. Season with sea salt, stir in chicken and ¼ cup raisins and cook 3 minutes. Serve over brown rice.
Apple Chips: Combine 5 packets Truvia and 2 tsp. cinnamon. Use a mandoline or handheld slicer to very thinly slice one apple crosswise into rounds, removing seeds. Put on 2 parchment-lined baking sheets in a single layer, then sprinkle with half of the Truvia-cinnamon mixture. Flip apples and then sprinkle with the remaining mixture. Bake in a 275-degree oven, flipping once, until just crisp, about 1-1/2 hours.
Hope that you ENJOY!
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Laura Kelly-Pifer is a Fitness Coach who strives to help others by giving hope and support to those that are dissatisfied with their current situation. Whether you are lacking physically, emotionally, financially, or nutritionally she is here to help you see REAL RESULTS!