We’ve heard the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but is there any truth to the old wives’ tale? Turns out, adding apples to your diet has been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. An antioxidant called flavonoid, which is found in apples, also has an anti-inflammatory effect. Flavonoid intake in fruits has also been found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in post-menopausal women. Apples also contain pectin, which is a soluble fiber known to help lower cholesterol levels.
Substituting apples for an unhealthy treat is an easy lifestyle change! It’s a convenient heart healthy snack and you can find them everywhere from Starbucks to Wawa and beyond. Grocery stores always have them out for display and more and more varieties are making their way into your local stores. Red and Golden Delicious and Granny Smiths have been on the tables for a long time, but now Honey crisp, Pink Lady, Gala and Fuji varieties are also finding their way into your shopping cart. This adds a layer of fun to try out new recipes and flavors. They also pair well with nuts, another heart healthy option, and so many more foods.
Whether you enjoy eating them sliced with a nut butter or just sinking your teeth in one on the go, we’ve rounded up some heart healthy recipes to help you incorporate more apples into your meal plans.
Healthy Apple Recipes