No matter which variety you choose - and there are plenty to choose from - you can delight in the health benefits of apples.
Fresh apples and apple juice may improve cognition, reduce hallmark signs of Alzheimer's and improve mood.
The soluble fiber found in apples, known as pectin, builds up in your digestive tract and helps rid your body's cholesterol.
Eating at least five apples per week has been found to help lower the risk of respiratory disease. The antioxidants found in apples protect your body from damaging oxidation.
One medium apple contains five grams of fiber - more than most cereals. Dietary fiber aids in digestion and helps keep you full, promoting weight loss.
The pectin in apples has also been shown to promote butyrate - a fatty acid that plays a role in colon health. This combination also significantly reduces the growth of pre-cancerous and tumor cells.
makes 1 serving
total time: varies
1 apple, sliced into thin rounds
1 tsp. cinnamon
PREHAT oven to 200°F. SPRINKLE apple slices with cinnamon and BAKE for 2 to 3 hours or until dry but still soft.
Nutrition information per serving: 130 calories; 0 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 34 g carbohydrate; 5 g fiber; 1 g protein
Apple and Pea Salad
Makes 4 servings
Total time: 20 minutes
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, peeled and slivered
1 garlic clove, minced
4 cups snow peas
2 apples, cut into wedges
HEAT oil in a large nonstick skillet. SAUTE ginger and garlic until tender, about 2 minutes. ADD peas and apples. COOK, stirring frequently, until peas are crisp-tender, about 7 minutes.
Nutrition information per serving: 146 calories; 7 g fat; 1 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 4 mg sodium; 21 g carbohydrate; 4 g fiber; 2 g protein
Makes 12 (1/2 cup) servings
Total time: 10 minute + refrigerating time
3/4 cup Miracle Whip Light Dressing
1 Tbsp. honey
1 (16 ounce) package cabbage slaw mix
2 apples, chopped
MIX Miracle Whip and honey until blended. ADD remaining ingredients; MIX lightly. REFRIGERATE 1 hour.
Nutrition information per serving: 45 calories; 1.5 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 5 mg cholesterol; 135 mg sodium; 8 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 1 g protein
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