“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Who has not heard that saying before? This actually may be true. Well maybe not entirely, but incorporating apples into your diet definitely has some pretty outstanding health benefits.
There are many different types of apples. As an avid baker, I know apples mainly based on how they hold while baking. What I didn’t know is the fact that they each have different nutritional values. Granted, all apples have health benefits, so it’s not like you’re going to pick one apple that has a ton of nutritional value and one that doesn’t. In general, it’s just important to incorporated a variety of types of apples into your diet.
What many people don’t realize is apples are a great source of complex carbohydrates. Normally when we think of foods with a higher carb content, we think of grains. If you are someone who tries to avoid these, (for example you don’t eat bread or pasta), adding more apples into your diet is a great way to keep your energy up so you can keep up with your daily activities. Our bodies need carbohydrates to survive. They are not the enemy.
Apples are also a great source of vitamin C. It’s important to have vitamin C to support a healthy immune system. This is probably where the “an apple a day” saying came from.
They are also low in calories. A full apple generally contains about 80 calories. Take into consideration though that most people don’t eat the entire apple. I personally cut segments around it and throw out the rest. Therefore, per serving, an apple is only about 40 calories. Not bad at all.
Make sure you eat the skin though. The majority of the nutrients are found in the skin, and this is also where most of the fiber is. Fiber helps contribute to feeling full, so having a high amount of fiber in your diet can help aid in weight loss or weight maintenance.
So how can you incorporate this superfood into your diet more.
My newest favorite way is in the form of apple pie oatmeal. It’s completely healthy, filling, and provides you with all the benefits apples offer.
The most classic way in my opinion is to have apples with… peanut butter :). Since apples themselves contain 0 fat and minimal calories, adding peanut butter provides a substantial and complete snack. You can even try flavored peanut butters to add even more diversity to this snack. My favorite is the dark chocolate dreams peanut butter by Peanut Butter & Co.
Oh and I almost forgot… my all. time. favorite dessert. (Which I cannot currently make since I don’t have an oven to use 😦 😦 ). It’s a baked apple with granola, honey, peanut butter, and dried cherries. OH MY GOD it’s to die for!! If anyone’s interested I will gladly write up this recipe once our kitchen is useable again.
One thing you have to be very careful with when it comes to apples is always washing them before eating. You really don’t know for sure where apples have been or what could’ve gotten into them between picking and setting on the shelf. Let’s just say it’s better to be safe than sorry.
I’m going to end with one last fact that I am sure can convince anyone to enjoy apples more.
Did you know they are a negative calorie food? This meaning when you eat them, it takes your body more calories to actually digest than they actually contain. Just like celery… except i’d much rather eat an apple any day 🙂