Featured guest post by Chris Bekermeier Vice President, Sales & Marketing of PacMoore (http://www.pacmoore.com/), one of the leading contract food manufacturing companies processing dry ingredients for the food and pharmaceutical industries.
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5 Ways to Eat an Apple Today
You know what they say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” In fact, eating an apple a day does more than that—apples have been shown to work against health problems that range from tooth decay to brain aging, from cancer to diabetes, according to Best Health Magazine. Research has even shown that eating five apples a week lowers a person’s risk of asthma, according to Mother Nature Network. They’re ranked as one of the Top 10 Healthiest Foods, according to Medical News Today, and they’re packed with soluble fiber as well as immune-boosting Vitamin C, says Eating Well Magazine.
But Who Wants to Eat Another Apple?
With all the benefits that come from eating apples, what are we waiting for? We should all be eating apples every day, right? Well, the only problem, as we all know, is that eating apples all the time can get boring—do you ever feel sick of “another apple”? If so, there’s good news. There are lots of ways to work apples into your diet, even beyond slices on a plate.
New Ideas for Getting Your Apple Intake
When you want fresh ideas for eating apples, consider the following five suggestions, with recipes taken from around the Web:
1. Cinnamon Apple Smoothie: This frothy beverage from The Gracious Pantry combines one cup of chopped apples with a cup of raw spinach, a cup of unsweetened almond milk, and ½ teaspoon cinnamon for a thick, refreshing treat perfect for starting your day.
2. Apple Salad: Pairing sliced apples with greens and nuts can turn the fruit into a refined first course for dinner or lunch. Over at Simply Seductive is a recipe for a pecan apple salad with a Dijon vinaigrette dressing.
3. Apple Chips: If you have two hours and a mandolin, try making dehydrated apple chips according to the process described on The Kitchn. As an added bonus, The Kitchn says this is a great method for “[using] up apples that are past their prime.”
4. Apple Soup: Use apples to make a creamy, comforting soup like Taste of the South Magazine’s Butternut Squash Apple Soup. It pairs onion, garlic, carrots, and celery sautéed in butter with cubed butternut squash, chopped apples, thyme, broth, and spices. After boiling, the mixture is simmered for just under half an hour and puréed. What results is a bright orange bisque that’s as good for an appetizer as it is for a meal.
5. Raw Apple Pie: Treat yourself to a dessert that’s as healthy as it is delicious with the raw apple pie from Quiche a Week. Featuring a nut crust and a topping of coconut, raisins, almonds, and shaved chocolate, it’s a great way to get both your apples and a sweet treat.
To Peel or Not to Peel?
Whether you’re eating an apple on its own or in a recipe, how do you decide if you should peel it? Here’s a tip: “Much of apples’ antioxidant power is contained in the peel,” says health guru Dr. Mercola. In it, he says, “you’ll find antioxidants like catechin, procyanidins, chlorogenic acid, ploridizin, and more.” So whenever possible, keep the peel—in it, you gain valuable nutritional benefits.
What are your thoughts on apples? Do you eat them all the time, or are you still looking for ways to enjoy them? Have you tried any of the above recipes? What are your favorite ways to eat some apples?
About the author:
Chris Bekermeier is Vice President, Sales & Marketing of PacMoore (http://www.pacmoore.com/), one of the leading contract food manufacturing companies processing dry ingredients for the food and pharmaceutical industries. Located in Hammond, IN, PacMoore’s capabilities include blending, spray drying, re-packaging, sifting, & consumer packaging.