The Heart Health Benefits of Apples

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Filed Under: Heart Health, Cholesterol, Food and Nutrition
Last Reviewed 07/24/2014

The Heart Health Benefits of Apples

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. I love the crisp, cool weather and the changing leaves on the trees. I also love the abundance of one of my favorite fall foods—apples! We know apples have numerous health boosting qualities; remember the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away?”

 

But did you know apples are actually one of the best foods you can add to a heart-healthy diet? Apples are  loaded with heart-healthy phytonutrients and fiber. One of my favorite ways to eat apples is to slice them up, sprinkle a little cinnamon on top—and enjoy!

 

But an apple snack is only one way to enjoy them. You can also add apples to your heart-healthy diet by making them for dinner. Try placing boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a casserole dish, along with chopped onions, apples, and a few raisins. Sprinkle with cinnamon, curry (and any of your favorite “apple pie spices”)—and bake in the oven at 350 degrees until the chicken is done. 

 

Plus, who says a heart-healthy diet can’t include dessert? Try making a healthy apple brown betty by layering apple slices in a casserole dish and sprinkling them with steel cut oatmeal. Then, add a “swizzle” of raw honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Bake at 350 until the apples soften (about 20 minutes).

 

Now it's your turn: Do you have a favorite apple recipe? 

 

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