Have a Plant: Fruits & Veggies for Better Health

Insider's Viewpoint: Expert Supermarket Advice: Crisp, Juicy, Crunchy & Delicious … Hope Danielson, Niemann Foods. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.org

Apples are at their peak! Although a lot of people may not consider them superfruits, they pack quite a nutritional punch! Check out some of the health benefits of apples

    • A great source of soluble fiber, which makes them heart-healthy as well as delicious
    • A great snack since they’re filling and have only about 95 calories (average medium apple)
    • Phytonutrients in apples can help regulate blood sugar
    • The pectin in apples can help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol
    • A good source of immune-boosting vitamin C

Apples are crisp, juicy, crunchy and delicious and make great snacks on their own but they’re also very versatile. Try them in your morning oatmeal, on top of yogurt, dipped in peanut butter, chopped up and put in pancake batter or even cooked and placed on top of pork chops.

Here’s one of my favorite ways to serve apples to my family and friends. It’s a healthier take on a popular recipe …

Healthy Apple Crisp

Ingredients

    • 3 medium baking apples, cored, sliced thin (Granny Smiths work well)
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 2 Tbsp Splenda sugar blend for baking
    • 2 Tbsp flour

Topping

    • 1 cup quick oats
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/4 cup Splenda brown sugar blend
    • 2 Tbsp heart-healthy butter substitute

Directions
Mix first 4 ingredients and place into 9-inch baking dish. In small bowl, mix topping ingredients until crumbly. Sprinkle topping over the apples. Bake at 325° F until apples are soft and topping is golden brown (about 30 minutes).

Hope Danielson
Health & Wellness Advisor
Niemann Foods

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