Why Apples Keep You Trim and Healthy
I was so happy to see the first batches of apples at the famers market over the past few weeks. Which means it’s time for apple pies, apple sauce, apple cider, baked apples…you get the idea. Aside from enjoying our favorite seasonal treats, nature makes sure that its bounty isn’t just great for the taste buds but brilliant for the body as well.
It is no coincidence apples make their appearance as we transition from the heat of summer into the cooler months. As we Michiganders experience the shift from hot and humid weather into hot and dry weather, it is imperative we support the body in eliminating excess heat so the body does not become overly dry. An overly dry body often responds by creating reactive mucus that can be a breeding ground for colds and viruses. By honoring nature’s harvest and enjoying apples regularly (at least 2 time a day), you are on your way to a smooth and healthy Fall.
Apples provide plenty of fiber in the diet, which of course, keep things running smoothly in the gastrointestinal department. Apple pectin specifically helps promote healthy and regular bowel movements, is cleansing to the body and is soothing for the intestines. I like to think of apple season as a seasonal cleanse Mother Nature has provided for us, absolutely free of charge.
In terms of weight, any high-fiber, whole food is a weight-conscious person’s best friend. Rather than worry about sugar in fruit, favor high-fiber seasonal fruit as a beautiful and nutritious act of self-care. Your body will thank you.
Below is one of my favorite easy, low-sugar desserts made with simple, whole ingredients which take on the consistency similar to a pumpkin pie. You can even enjoy it for breakfast!
- 1 large honeycrisp apple, peeled and cored
- 1 cup creamy roasted almond butter
- 2 Tbs freshly squeezed orange juice
- 2 eggs
- 1/4 cup agave nectar
- 1 Tbs vanilla extract
- 2 Tbs cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
In a food processor combine apple, orange juice, and almond butter and pulse until well blended. Pulse in agave, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and salt. Pour batter into a greased 8×8 inch Pyrex baking dish and bake at 350° for 32 to 36 minutes. Cool and serve with whipped cream!
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