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Mr. Summer and Mr. Winter seem to be having a disagreement. After a week of sweltering temps, the threat of frost came as a surprise. But no worries, Mr. Sun promises to be back with warm weather again this week.
Besides the crazy weather, one of my favorite things about autumn is apples!
Smaller Waist and a Bigger Brain
Apples are one of the best weight loss foods. Add an apple to your breakfast and you’ll increase fiber intake by 5 grams! That apple will also help you feel fuller longer so you’ll be less likely to snack before lunch.
Not only are apples helpful for weight loss, but they boost brain power as well.
Research shows that apples contain brain nutrients that can help improve memory and concentration, prevent the decline of neurotransmitters, boost overall cognitive performance, and protect against Alzheimer’s disease.
Many of these brain-boosting nutrients are found in the skin of the apple, so it’s a smart choice to eat apples with the peel intact.
4 More Healthy Reasons to Eat Apples
An apple a day … well, you know how it goes, but really, there may be a lot of truth to the saying. The humble apple is a nutritional powerhouse and is associated with numerous health benefits.
1. The consumption of apples has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels (probably due to the fruit’s antioxidant, fiber, and pectin content) and lower rates of cardiovascular disease.
2. Research shows that people who regularly include apples in their diet have a lower risk of stroke than those who don’t.
3. People who eat apples are also less likely to develop diabetes.
4. And fresh apples are a good source of immune-boosting vitamin C
Eat More Apples!
Here are some great ways to eat apples.
Dipped in caramel is one of my favorite ways to eat apples, but even a small serving of caramel dishes up a huge dose of white sugar, cream, and butter. So I decided to create a healthier caramel recipe.
Chock full of fruit, you would assume apple crisp to be a healthy, diet-friendly dessert, but the typical serving is loaded with calories. This high-fiber, healthy cranberry apple crisp is low in fat, made with whole grains, and soooo good!
Boring applesauce gets a special twist with this sugar-free, homemade strawberry applesauce recipe. Sweet!
Dried apples are a healthy and slimming alternative to junk food. Here’s how you can make dried apples at home.
This is NOT your typical oatmeal! Rich, creamy, and full of flavor … it’ll totally change how you think about oatmeal!
This fabulous granola is much lower in fat and sugar than the store bought variety … and it’s yummier too!
And one of my very favorite ways to eat an apple requires no recipe at all. Fresh, sweet, crisp apple slices spread with almond butter or peanut butter. Mmmmm!
What’s your favorite way to eat apples?