Yay for Apples! Back to basics.

Yay for Apples! Back to basics.

I adore Autumn. It is easily my favorite time of year. What’s not to love – the leaves changing colors, the harvest from our garden, the cooler temps, and of course, the abundance of apples!

It’s easy in our world of the “next best thing” to forget about the humble apple. When everyone is talking about the amazing benefits of the Goji Berry or Pomegranate (oh wait, that’s soooo last fall), the apple tends to fall into the boring category. But it is far from boring!

Whole apples are full of beneficial polyphenols which act as antioxidants in our body helping to protect us from inflammation and disease. Research is showing that apples can help to regulate blood sugar which is important for steady energy and keeping the foggy brain at bay.

The fiber, while an average amount per serving, works to reduce blood fat levels (think cholesterol). It also supports the healthy bacteria in our large intestine allowing us to better absorb nutrients and build immunity. Want to know more – here’s 15 health benefits to consider.

Are you thinking – WOW, Really! Yes really. It’s an amazing fruit. And a very diverse fruit to eat – slice it, dice it, cook it, steam it; eat it alone or with, well, just about anything. Below is my current favorite recipe this time of year. Eating healthy does not have to be hard. An apple a day…..

Yummy Quinoa Salad
In a large bowl mix:
1 cup cooked Quinoa
1/2 diced granny smith apple (or your favorite)
4 medium beets (cooked or roasted), diced
1/2 cup chopped roasted pecans or walnuts
crumbled feta or goat cheese (to your liking)
drizzle with dressing and enjoy!

Dressing
2 tablespoons maple syrup (or to your liking)
1/4 cup Golden Balsamic Vinegar

Allow beets and Quinoa to cool before mixing, otherwise your salad becomes a lovely pink color from the warm beets.

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