Ok, before you get too comfortable… go to your kitchen, and get an apple. If you don’t have any, I hope it’s because you just ran out and haven’t had the chance to get to the market to buy more. If you ask me, that’s the only good excuse for not having them on hand at all times (especially here in apple country; Canada). Now, sit back and enjoy your healthy treat while I tell you all about why that age old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” does in fact hold some truth.
For most Canadians, specifically for us southern Ontario folk, apples grow right here in our backyard (quite literally in some cases). That in itself is a good enough reason for me to always have apples in my kitchen. Eating local whenever possible is an important part of conscious eating. We are lucky to have a wide array of fruits and vegetables grow right here in Canadian soil, and it is best for our environment and our economy to eat them whenever possible. Kids and adults love them, they are cheap and easy to work with, and the possibilities are quite limitless when it comes to including them in snacks and meals.
One large apple is only about 100 calories, for calorie counters that is fantastic news. Especially because apples satiate the palette and fill you up. The high fibre content of an apple will give an amazing energy boost much like that of a cup of coffee or an energy bar but with a longer life, as apposed to the spiked blood sugar and crash that come along with refined sugars and caffeine or other low fibre foods. Research is showing that eating high fibre fruits and vegetables offer protection against diseases like Parkinson’s, a disease caused by the breakdown of the brain’s dopamine producing cells.
Studies show that women who eat at least one apple a day are also 28 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who don’t. This is due to the high fibre content, which is great for avoiding extreme rises and falls in blood sugar.
Apples contain good levels of some B vitamins, Iron and Potassium as well as high levels of antioxidants. Red Delicious and Granny Smith apples rank 12th and 13th on the list of antioxidant rich foods. If you are interested in learning more about antioxidants, check out my Raw Chocolate Truffles post from two weeks ago.
One of the most traditional Canadian treats I can think of is apple pie. And while it is very easy to make a vegan apple pie, it takes time and energy and it also contains high levels of sugars and fats. This recipe recreates the flavor of apple pie to a T without any refined sugars, or fats from processed oils. You and yours will adore this very sweet treat.
Apple Pie Smoothie
1 red apple
3 tbsp of apple sauce
1/2 cup of raw almond butter
2 tsp of maple syrup
1/4 tsp of vanilla
1/4 tsp of cinnamon
1 cup of ice
splash of water (if necessary)
This one is a toughie… ready?
Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and blend. Ta-da!
Photos by Danielle Matar www.daniellematar.com