In light of our field trip this Sunday to Apple Works, Let’s talk about apples! Not only do apples taste awesome, they provide nutrients you can’t deny! All in all, remember that your fruits and vegetables all contain vitamins and minerals that fight for your body; when you are paleo and eat them at every meal, just think of how your body is working hard to help you thrive!!
Vitamins and Minerals
The vitamins and minerals found in a medium apple help maintain a healthy immune system, tissues and bones. An apple is a good source of vitamin C, providing 14 percent of your daily recommended intake. Vitamin C helps in wound healing and fighting the damage free-radicals can cause in the body. Free-radicals are thought to play a role in the development of heart disease and cancer. Apples also contain vitamin A, calcium and iron.
A medium unpeeled apple provides you with 4 grams of dietary fiber, which is 18 percent of the recommended daily allowance in a 2,000-calorie diet. Apples are a good source of soluble fiber, which might help lower your blood cholesterol levels and in turn might reduce your risk of developing heart disease. In addition, the website Science News reported in 2010 that researchers at the University of Illinois found that soluble fiber significantly boosted the ability of mice to fight infections.
Researchers from Cornell University reported in the “Nutrition Journal” that regularly consuming apples can help maintain overall health and might prevent disease. The flavonoids and other phytochemicals in apples have a high level of antioxidant activity that has been found to aid in lowering cholesterol levels. The researchers further noted that studies show good evidence for the ability of the phytochemicals in apples to reduce the risk for heart disease, asthma, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer.
Storing your Apples
When you purchase apples, put them in your fridge to stay cool. They will turn mushy/spongy in texture when you leave them out. Wash them when you’re ready to eat them, versus when you first get them.
Awesome ways to eat your Apples
Breakfast: Over-night Breakfast Cobbler (in light of my and Jen R.’s conversation today about awesome ways to use the crock pot)
Lunch: Spinach and Apple salad with Warm bacon dressing (OMG)
Dinner: Basalmic Roasted Turkey with Apple Stuffing. (Try something new to prepare for this holiday season!)