Seven ways to get more apples into your diet

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Apples have multiple health benefits, and Autumn is the right time of year to be eating them. Here are 7 ways to get them into your diet.

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Apples are low GI and packed with fibre.

 

Apples are in full bloom in Autumn. Although there are over 7,000 varieties, time constraints and a lack of imagination often means we eat the same produce everyday, in the same way.

Apples are rich in fibre, antioxidants and have a naturally sweet flavour making them one of nature’s original superfoods.

They also have a low Glycemic Index. This means that unlike processed foods such as a packet of chips, the body requires sustained energy to break the fruit down into fuel.

Because the body is metabolizing over a longer period of time, apples give a sustained sense of fullness. It also means the high’s of a ‘sugar hit’  will be avoided despite apples containing a high level of naturally occurring sugar. Experts warn that our bodies require sugar and cutting out fruits as a dietary caution is unnecessary.

Here are seven ways to slice them up without losing any essential vitamins or minerals.

1) Apple Slices with Peanut Butter

Using apples as a base instead of bread, combined with the protein of nuts. These juicy snacks are an excellent cure for the 3pm munchies.

2) Grated Apple with Gluten-Free Crepes

This is a crepe recipe infused with green tea. The acidic flavor of the apple really cuts through the texture of the thin pancake, much in the same way that lemon would. (The original recipe suggests more decadent filling such as coconut creams and chocolate sauce. Grated green apples will the same sweet and sour taste without the calorie hit.)

3) Fresh Apple Flan

Every one needs to learn one show-stopper dish that is simple to whip up. This apple flan, looks rustic and moreish but only requires a couple of ingredients and won’t take hours to prepare.

4) Oat, Apple and Cinnamon Porridge

There’s something comforting about a warm bowl of creamy oats. Apple and Cinnamon is a serious delectable autumn flavor combination. Traditionally a breakfast meal, this dish would not be out of place in the night-time by the fire in the cooler months.

5) Apple and Nut Crumble

Research shows that chewing is actually good for us. As we chew, a natural hormone called PYY is released. This hormone is an appetite suppressor and makes us feel fuller. Chewing meals properly also aids in digestion and serotonin production. This why we feel happy when we are satisfied by a meal. Here is a recipe packed full of crunch

6) Fruit Salad with Yoghurt

Eating healthily is not meant to be complicated. Apple’s are often described as nature’s answer to the fast food industry. They’re inexpensive, easy to eat and can be gobbled down on the run. Here is a recipe to make them a little more indulgent.

7) Raw Apple Pie

Raw desserts are taking the world by storm. This apple pie is a beauty. Not only are there no artificial nasties, it’s also free from many allergens that wreak havoc at dinner parties – dairy, sugar, gluten and eggs.

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Alice Boyd

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