Stay Healthy as the Seasons Change

Apples!

The apple tree is a deciduous tree in the rose family.  Its fruit, the apple, is considered one of nature’s miracle foods and here’s why. Apples are high in vitamin C and fiber, as well as, polyphenols which function as antioxidants. They are low in calories, have only a trace of sodium, and have no fat or cholesterol. Apples contain insoluble fiber, which provides bulk in the intestinal tract. The bulk holds water that cleanses and moves food quickly through the digestive system. In addition to digestion-aiding insoluble fiber, apples have soluble fiber, such as pectin. This nutrient helps prevent cholesterol from building up in the lining of blood vessels, which in turn helps prevent atherosclerosis and heart disease.  The antioxidant, quercetin, in apples specifically aids in respiratory issues and decreases the risk of strokes.

All of these benefits mean that apples mitigate the effects of asthma and respiratory issues especially during change of seasons, while assisting with weight management, bone health, cardiovascular health, pulmonary function and gastrointestinal protection.

Apple Slaw

This recipe calls for apples along with apple cider vinegar and cabbage, a great prebiotic food.  The combination of these ingredients works as an anti-inflammatory and helps our body adjust to the change of fall season…

 

1 Head White Cabbage
1 Head Red Cabbage
4 Broccoli Flowerets
4 Carrots
2 Apples
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
4 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
Pinch of Celery Seed
Salt & Pepper to Taste

Wash and shred cabbage and broccoli and place in a colander.  Add vinegar and shake through.  Place in a large bowl.  Wash, peel, and shred or thinly slice carrots and apples; place in bowl with cabbage.  Add Dijon, mayonnaise, celery seed, salt, and pepper; mix well until all ingredients are blended.  Enjoy!

1 Head White Cabbage
1 Head Red Cabbage
4 Broccoli Flowerets
4 Carrots
2 Apples
1 Tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
4 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
Pinch of Celery Seed
Salt & Pepper to Taste

Wash and shred cabbage and broccoli and place in a colander.  Add vinegar and shake through.  Place in a large bowl.  Wash, peel, and shred or thinly slice carrots and apples; place in bowl with cabbage.  Add Dijon, mayonnaise, celery seed, salt, and pepper; mix well until all ingredients are blended.  Enjoy!

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