The Almighty Apple

No, I’m not talking about the computer company – don’t even get me started on whether that company is really “almighty” or not! I’m talking about something that was invented by Mother Nature, long before we had computers or even rotary telephones, something that grows from a tree out of the earth virtually all year round, something that conked Sir Isaac Newton in the head one day and spurned much of our modern knowledge about gravity and physics, something that has been enjoyed by fruit-loving creatures before human beings even entered the scene of life on earth. Something that should be eaten once a day to keep the doctor away. I’m talking about the almighty, crisp, crunchy, juicy fruit known as the apple!

Apples are nutritious for a multitude of reasons. For one, they contain nearly 20% of the recommended daily value of fiber. Fiber is an important nutrient because it, err, keeps the digestive system running smoothly, and has been shown time and time again to aid in weight control as high-fiber foods are slower to be broken down by the body, so people feel fuller longer after consuming high-fiber foods.

Apples are also high in Vitamin C, a vital antioxidant the body can only obtain through food. This vitamin helps the body build important proteins and keep bones and teeth in good shape. And while we’re on the subject of teeth, did you know that eating an apple a day is actually a good way to keep the dentist away as well as the doctor? Since apples are so crunchy, as they are chewed they help scrub plaque off the surfaces of teeth. Of course, this isn’t to say you should always eat apples rather than brush your teeth, but if you’re at school and have a snack attack, grab an apple. This way you’ll end up with fresher teeth without having to worry about bringing a toothbrush to school and brushing in the bathroom (seriously, who does that???)

Apples aren’t exactly a food fad, or the hottest new thing everyone’s rushing to buy at the grocery store. I’m sure apple recipes have been written and blogged about since the first apple was harvested thousands of years ago. But that doesn’t mean they’re boring, or should be overlooked when shopping for healthy foods to stock your kitchen. They’re a great go-to snack with cheese or peanut butter, can easily be part of a balanced breakfast, and of course they taste lovely incorporated into all sorts of recipes, cooked in a wide variety of ways. While good old-fashioned apple pie will most likely always remain in a special place in our cookbooks and our hearts, sometimes it’s fun to switch things up a little too. So here I have compiled a selection of the best techniques I’ve ever tried for innovative and healthy ways to serve up apples.

Breakfast:

Apple Honey Granola

apple honey walnut granola

Big Ol’ Cinnamon Roll  

slice of giant apple dried fruit cinnamon roll

Lunch:

Cheddar Swiss Apple Quesadilla

   swiss cheddar and apple quesadilla

Sweet & Savory Bliss Sandwich

tofurkey sandwich apple cream cheese fig jam

Sweets & Treats:

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Smoothie

Caramel Apple Cheesecake Smoothie

Caramel Apple Cookie Butter Cookie Cake

caramel apple cookie butter cookie cake with Reece's peanut butter chips

I hope you enjoy checking out these recipes, and maybe get inspired to make something with apples! What is your favorite way to eat an apple? Nutrition Info Sources: http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fruits-and-fruit-juices/1809/2 http://www.medicinenet.com/fiber/article.htm http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/267290.php http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-c-ascorbic-acid http://www.colgate.com/app/CP/US/EN/OC/Information/Video-Library/Apples-And-Oral-Health.cvsp

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One response

  1. A wonderful ode to apples!

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