I don’t know about you, but I LOVE apples. Love them. Apples are definitely in the top 3 of my favorite fruits. I don’t care if it’s fried, baked, or raw, I love them! There are some crazy good benefits when you eat them often too. Whomever said, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” might have been right about that after I researched some health benefits of eating apples. Here are just a few things apples do for the body:
*Curb all sorts of cancers
Scientists from the American Association for Cancer Research, among others, agree that the consumption of flavonol-rich apples could help reduce your risk of developing pancreatic cancer, tumors, and colorectal cancer.
*Decrease your risk of diabetes
Women who eat at least one apple a day are 28 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who don’t eat apples. Apples are loaded with soluble fiber, the key to blunting blood sugar swings.
The soluble fiber found in apples binds with fats in the intestine, which translates into lower cholesterol levels and a healthier you.
*Boost your immune system
Red apples contain an antioxidant called quercetin. Recent studies have found that quercetin can help boost and fortify your immune system, especially when you’re stressed out.
*Control your weight
Many health problems are associated with being overweight, among them heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea. To manage your weight and improve your overall health, doctors recommend a diet rich in fiber. Foods high in fiber will fill you up without costing you too many calories.
Reason enough for me! Let’s eat up!
I’ve been craving carbs ALL DAY LONG. So… I thought I would make some healthy muffins. They turned out delish, so here’s the recipe! 🙂
Yields: 12 muffins
- 1/2 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup tapioca flour
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 1 apple, cored and diced (I used a fuji apple)
- 1 cup apple sauce (I used organic. It was the only one I could find that didn’t have high fructose corn syrup)
- 3 eggs, whisked
- 1 tsp vanilla
- juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 2 tbsp butter, melted
- 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
- 1/2 cup pecans, finely chopped (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together coconut flour, tapioca flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and apple.
3. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until well combined.
4. Spoon the mixture into your muffin tin. Don’t forget to spray your muffin tin with non-stick OR butter it up!
5. Bake for 30 minutes.
6. Cool muffins on a wire rack. Eat them all up!