We all know the old Welsh proverb “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Why is it that sometimes we forget this simple rule? All we really need for a snack is an apple. In 2004, USDA scientists investigated over 100 foods to measure their antioxidant concentration per serving size. Two apples – Red Delicious and Granny Smith – ranked 12th and 13th respectively, even though all apples are extremely healthy. Antioxidants are disease-fighting compounds. Scientists believe these compounds help prevent and repair oxidation damage that happens during normal cell activity. Apples are also full of a fibre – a medium-sized apple contains about 4 grams of fibre.
Apples are known to make teeth whiter and heathier, to help avoid Alzeihmer’s, to protect against Parkinson’s and curb all sorts of cancers, among many other benefits.
The other important part about apples is that you can create really delicious and healthy recipes using apples. You can the health benefits while enjoying an amazing meal or snack.
We decided to present you with a simple apple recipe that makes a great breakfast or snack.
Cinnamon Applesauce Muffins (Katie Serbinski)
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- ½ cup butter, melted
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Preheat oven to 375. In a large mixing bowl, add dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, add wet ingredients and whisk until combined.
- Add wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined. Evenly scoop mixture into a greased or lined muffin pan, filling about ⅔ of the way full.
- Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Don’t forget to invite your friends over for some muffins. They won’t be able to resist them!