What is so good about an apple?
Green, red, yellow, or mixed. This is the time of year when you can find them all in local stores – and many of them are grown in Canada too! Apples are loaded with good nutrition and one of the best grab and go snacks you can enjoy. They supply fibre, vitamin C and key phytonutrients such as flavonols and catechins that reduce cancer and heart disease risk. The soluble fibre in apples known as pectin has been shown in research to lower cholesterol levels. Apple nutrients are particularly high in the skin so whenever possible eat whole apples instead of peeling it.
What are 3 simple ways to jazz up an apple?
• Slice an apple into matchsticks and toss with cinnamon and place inside a wrap spread with cream cheese for breakfast on the go.
• Slice an apple into thin slices and place on top of whole grain toast or crackers with peanut butter or almond butter for a yummy snack.
• Enjoy a baked apple for dessert. Follow a recipe or try the following simple recipe. Hollow out the core of an apple (except the very bottom) and stuff with granola. Place in a casserole dish with a half-inch of water and bake in the oven until soft. Top with vanilla yogurt.
Here are 5 recipes from our website that feature apples, and have a fabulous fall-like flavour:
- Turkey Chili with Apples and Butternut Squash
- Apple Dijon Pork and Sweet Potato Bake
- Pork Tenderloin with Honey Glazed Apples
- Butternut Squash and Apple Soup
- Pumpkin Apple Custard