Besides being delicious, versatile, and portable, the health benefits of apples are significant. There’s a good reason for the adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”; these brightly colored beauties have plenty of nutrients to maintain your health.
Nutritional Powerhouses – 4 Major Health Benefits of Apples
Apples are packed full of fiber (containing 20% – 30% of the daily value) and includes a lot of water, which help you stay fuller longer, making them a wonderful low-calorie snack. The soluble fiber can lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease, as well as help, maintain the digestive tract health preventing some cancers.
2. Vitamin C
Apples contain approximately 10% recommended daily value of Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps boost your immune system and fight off infection.
3. B-Complex Vitamins
B-Complex vitamins maintain red blood cells and aid in the protection of the nervous system.
4. Antioxidants and Polyphenols
Recipes For Getting Your “Apple a Day”
Munching on a raw apple is just one way to enjoy this versatile fruit. Apples are used in many types of dishes from drinks to main dishes and desserts. Certain varieties of apples are traditionally used in specific recipes, but mixing them up can be fun too.
Here’s a list of healthy recipes inspire you to add more of these nutrient fruits to your diet:
Apple Juices and Smoothie Recipes
- Apple Beet Carrot Juice
- Minty Apple Juice
- Apple Cucumber Juice
- Cranberry Pineapple Apple Juice
- Detoxifying Green Apple Smoothie
Apple Salads and Side Dish Recipes
- Apple Pecan Brown Rice Salad
- Apple Radish Fennel Salad
- Kohlrabi Apple Slaw
- Green Bean Apple Saute
- Butternut Squash Apple Casserole
- Apple Fennel Chutney
Apple Main Dish Recipes
- Slow Cooker Pork and Sauerkraut with Apples (use our homemade Sauerkraut recipe)
- Butternut Squash Apple Burgers
- Chicken Waldorf Salad