What’s your favourite thing about fall? Really, I want to get to know you, comment below 🙂 I am a big fan of the beautiful colours of fall and the flavours of foods the new season brings. Today’s fall feature food is the sweet and crunchy apple. Apples may be common and easily available all year round, but the fall months are prime for freshly harvested apples. Doesn’t the thought of a home baked apple crisp just warm your tummy?
I’m a big fan of apples! They are crunchy, sweet and satisfy me when I’m feeling like I need a little boost of energy. Apples are a great low calorie fruit full of health and beauty nutrients to truly make you radiate from the inside out. A few of the star nutrients found in apples include soluble fibres, Vitamin C, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients:
Soluble Fibre. The soluble fibre found in apples helps slow the digestion of your foods,which in turn helps keep you full longer and stabilize the rise in your blood sugars. Soluble fibre is also heart healthy nutrient that naturally lowers bad cholesterol in your blood.
Vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that protects the cells in our body and fights off disease and the early signs of aging. When it comes to your looks, Vitamin C is a must! The Vitamin C in your apples help to produce collagen production to support subtle youthful skin and strong nails as it is crucial for the formation of collagen, the most abundant protein in the body and structural protein that gives skin its firmness and tone.
Quercetin. Quercetin is a beautifying flavanoid found in apples. Flavanoids are plant pigments that provides colour to plants and benefit to the human body. Like Vitamin C, Quecetin is an antioxidant that fights off free radical damage. Quercetin’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties protect against heart disease,cancer, acts as an anti-allergen as well as protects the health of your skin.
As a dietitian, I always get asked if it is okay to eat apples because of the sugar content. And I say, heck yes! They are not only going to promote internal health as part of a balanced diet, but help you get that natural beauty too! Here are some more questions I get asked about apples:
What’s your favourite apple? Me: Ambrosia! They are sweet and low-acidic. Fun fact, they are named after the mythical “food of the god.”
When is your favourite time to eat apples? Me: Anytime! Apples are a great pre-workout snack, afternoon pick-me-up, or low calorie dessert to curb cravings for the sweats.
Can I eat apples if I have diabetes?: Me: Yes! Apples are low-glycemic, low calorie and high fibre, making them a great energy source without throwing your blood sugars out of whack. They are packed with vitamins and minerals good for your health, but do avoid or drink small amounts of apple juice because it lacks fibre and can spike blood sugars. Tip: add a healthy protein (ie. nuts) when you have an apple to further slow their digestion.
What is your favourite way to eat apples: Me: Raw!… and they have to be refridgerated. I love biting into a crisp cool apple. I also love things that have baked apples (my grandma makes the best apple strudel but that is only a 1x a year thing….so much sugar), or slightly baking a sliced apple and sprinkling it with cinnamon! Ooo or apples dipped in almond butter! So many options, what’s your favourite?