The benefits of Apples are packed with phytonutrients, also known as phytochemicals. Phytonutrients are a naturally occurring chemical in plants that aid in the functioning of the body and protect it from the disease.
Apples contain many antioxidants, especially vitamin C, which protects the cells in the body from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are organic molecules that cause damage at the cellular level which lead to aging, macular degeneration, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Being high in fiber content, apples help to keep the digestive system healthy, control blood sugar and help to lower the bad cholesterol in the body. Fiber also makes you feel full for longer thereby making it great for weight loss.
Benefits of Apples and the Paleo Diet
Apples make a great snack and are easy to carry around. They suppress appetite and sugar cravings. Apples contain simple carbohydrates in the form of fructose, which converts immediately into energy.
When buying go for organic, local and in season. Apples are typically in season end summer through fall. It is preferable to eat them raw or you can blitz them into smoothies and juices. The addition of apples to cooking and baking gives it a sweet and sometimes tart taste.
Here are 3 ways that you can enjoy apple in your Paleo Diet:
Benefits of Apples & Tomato Chutney
Chutneys are handy to have at home. Serve them with cold meats, cheese, curries or roast pork.
Makes 1-2 jars
Time: 30 minutes
1 pound/500 grams tomatoes, roughly chopped
4 Granny Smith apples, cored and chopped
1 small knob of fresh ginger, thinly sliced 1
1 cup cider vinegar or lemon juice
1 cup honey
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes sea salt
½ cup raisins
Add all ingredients into a pot, bring to boil, lower heat and simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes over medium to low heat. Stir often until apples are soft. Leave to cool and store in sterilized jars. They should keep for 2 to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.
Benefits of Apples Citrus Delight Makes
Total Prep Time: 15 minutes
2 red apples, cored and roughly chopped
2 oranges, peeled
½ peeled lemon
2 tablespoons honey
1 small bunch of fresh mint
Place all ingredients into a juicer and blend away. Enjoy.
Benefits of Apples & Coconut Cake
Makes 12 servings
Total Prep Time: 1.5 hours
3 pastured eggs
3 cups almond flour
6 tablespoons coconut flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup butter, melted
½ cup raw honey or maple syrup
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
2 tablespoons coconut milk
½ cup shredded, unsweetened coconut flakes
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and shredded
Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C. Grease a 9-inch/22 cm spring-form pan with some butter and line with parchment paper.
Sift flour and baking powder. Break eggs into a separate bowl together with the butter, honey, and vanilla. Beat until light and fluffy. Add in flour. Beat till well combined. Then add in milk, flaked coconut and apple. Stir to combine.
Pour into pan and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. When you insert a skewer into the center of the cake and it comes out clean, it’s cooked. Remove and transfer to wire rack to cool. Serve with whipped coconut cream.