An Apple a Day

Dani’s Case

To get their children to eat apples, parents always use the phrase that “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

That moment when we realized that all along they were correct and we were being stubborn for no reason, that’s when we realized the importance of fruit.

Do you really know why they told us that?

Here are a few things that the humble apple is great for.

● Apples are 85 percent water which means they are hydrating and are energizing.

● Apples are full of fibre which means that they make you full and satisfied without adding on unnecessary calories.

● They are low-glycemic which means that they are digested and turned to sugar in the bloodstream at a slower rate, helping to keep blood and sugar levels stable. They help to keep your chances of diabetes lower.

● Apples are a great source of soluble fibre, the type that helps reduce cholesterol levels.

So, next time instead of reaching for the nearest chocolate bar, opt for an apple.

It’s healthier and can help to improve your health.  Always try to eat the apple with the skin on. A real apple serves a better purpose than any apple juice. Many juices are loaded with sugars and preservatives, which is great for defeating the purpose of healthy choices.

There are many ways to enjoy your apples. If you’d like to add some excitement to your next apple, try these helpful, healthy tips. Eating healthy should never be a punishment.

● Slice your apple up and add it to some yogurt. Plain yogurt is a good option, as its sugar content is reduced due to the absence of artificial flavoring.

● Take your morning bowl of oatmeal to the next level by adding some fresh apple slices to it. Oatmeal is a great breakfast alternative to sugar-laden cereals. Oatmeal is high in fiber, low in calories, and easy to prepare.

● Next time you’re in a snack mood, spread some sugar-free peanut butter onto your apple slices for that satisfying crunch that doesn’t have to come from cookies or potato chips. For a slightly more indulgent snack, try a reduced sugar chocolate spread.

If you are allergic to apples or simply don’t like them, then please don’t bother eating them. Opt for fruit that you actually enjoy and can eat, such as strawberries, bananas, oranges, kiwis, mangos, pomegranates. Experts suggest that one should have a minimum of 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day for a healthy, balanced diet. The amount of calories recommended by professionals for an average adult is anywhere between 2000 to 2500 calories. Some people need more, some people need less. It’s best to incorporate all the food groups into your diet in order to get all the nutrients you need.

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