If you are shunning fruit from your eating plan, take note this is not necessary. In fact, the odd piece of fruit added to your day is an excellent way to boost your nutrient intake while also taking in some much-needed fiber. Even better, fruit is relatively low in calories and will help satisfy your craving for something sweet, so it may help you side-step eating a desert you really should not have eaten.
This said, one great fruit to consider adding to your eating plan is the apple. Apples contain a special fiber called pectin which tends to help stabilize blood sugar and help you control your blood sugar readings more regularly.
Tired of eating plain apples? Not to worry, there are plenty of ways to dress up this fruit. Try one of the following…
1. Baked Apples And Cinnamon. There is nothing quite like the smell of cinnamon and apples, so consider baking this up one afternoon. Dice some apples and then put in an oven safe baking dish along with a little unsweetened applesauce, cinnamon, and stevia if you prefer. Bake for 10 minutes, then sprinkle walnuts and a touch of brown sugar if you want a special treat on top. Bake for another 5 minutes or so and then remove.
Baked apples with cinnamon is a delicious mixture that can be eaten as-is or served over the top of a bowl of plain Greek yogurt.
2. Apples Spread With Nut Butter. When you need a snack on the go, you simply cannot go wrong with apples smeared with nut butter. Almond or peanut butter both work great here and this will give you a well-balanced snack that contains protein as well as complex carbohydrates.
You will also get a small amount of added healthy fat which will ensure you are keeping your hunger down for hours.
3. Add Apples To Your Salad. When preparing your next salad recipe, remember you can add chopped apples. Apples are one of the best fruits to add into a salad as they add a hint of sweetness along with some crunch.
Gala apples, red delicious apples, as well as green apples all work excellently here.
4. Put Apples In Your Smoothie. Last but not least, do not overlook adding apples to your smoothie. You will need to core the apple and peel it, so it will reduce some of the fiber content contained in the skin, but half a peeled apple can be the perfect way to liven up your smoothie and give it a refreshing taste.
There you have four of the best ways to include apples in your eating plan. Are you missing out on what this fruit has to offer?