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Monday 24 March 2014

An Apple A Day?

Posted by at 4:32 PM

An Apple a Day?

The “Press” hasn’t been all good for apples as this fruit was once considered the catalyst for the “first sin” in the Garden of Eden.  But, with no evidence to support this long lived tale, the apple and its proponents easily escape this age old stigma. 

Almost everyone knows the two-line-rhyme:  “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”  But, can this mascot for a healthy life really live up to this century old saying?  Apples have been said to reduce risks of Asthma and Lung Cancer as well as significantly decrease bad cholesterol, arterial inflammation and regulate blood sugar.  Apples naturally clean your teeth when you eat them, killing bacteria and as they contain Vitamin C, they promote a healthy immune system. 

Apples, nutrient dense and fiber rich are great for fast snacks, breakfast, lunch, and desserts. And, though nothing is as comforting as Apple Pie, this super fruit can be utilized for a multitude of menu ideas…like the Apple Pecan Oatmeal or Arugula-Apple Salad in the Bistro. 

Here’s a healthy alternative to the caramel-apple dip you see in stores. Serve this dip with sliced local apples and keep the doctor at home!

Mix well to combine:

·        6oz. nonfat Greek yogurt

·        1 Tbsp. natural peanut butter

·        ½ Tbsp. maple syrup

·        1/8 tsp. cinnamon