Organic Apple a Day Keeps a Doctor Away

written by Marianna Martinez

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 Here it is - the fall season. I really love the fall, not only because of its incredible beauty, but also for the variety or delicious fruits and vegetables it brings us.

 

Fall Dream Days

It’s one of those gorgeous and crisp days outside. My husband and I hop in the car and drive away from the city stress we are all exposed to. The sound of busy highways and streets full of people are finally left behind. All I see is colorful landscape of trees and smell of pure freshness passing through my body when I take a deep breath again and again. All I feel is serenity inside and the excitement to find out where this road trip is going to bring us.

After escaping for about an hour we find somebody’s unpaved driveway with the sign: “Organic Apple Orchard”. Yes, we are in apple paradise!

With excitement of little children we rushed out of the car and almost run towards the trees filled with abundance of blessings from nature. I have never seen so many apples in one place before.

Just thinking about all the benefits of these delicious fruits with different shapes, colors and taste have...all the vitamin, minerals, flavanols, fibre…

 

Apple Health Benefits

Research states that consumption of soluble fiber found in apples helps to reduce risk of diabetes, lower cholesterol and therefore help to prevent heart disease. It also normalizes your bowel movements and help to control weight problems. Quercitin found in apples can lead to a boost of immune system. Apparently scientists from the American Association for Cancer Research agree that flavanol-rich apples consumed could help prevent risk of pancreatic cancer by 23% .

Keep in mind that eating apples is a fantastic way to prevent many illnesses and diseases. However, if you already have a condition like diabetes you should probably be lowering your consumption of fruits due to their high fructose levels, even though vitamins and antioxidants in a whole fruit reduce the effects of fructose.

Another fact to pay attention to is that it’s best to consume only organic apples, as it has been discovered that about 36 different pesticides are used on conventional apples.

So keep yourself healthy by consuming fresh organic fruits and vegetables, as well as making surprise trips out of the city to lower your stress levels.

 

Apple Pie Sharlotka 

(Gluten and Dairy Free)

2 free range, organic, and/or local eggs 
3/4 cup dark maple syrup
1 cup gluten free flour (almond flour, buckwheat flour or quinoa flour)
2 apples 
1/2 cup coconut oil 
2 tsp lemon/lime juice

Directions:
1. Wash apples, cut in 4 parts, remove the middle. Cut the apple parts in smaller pieces. Sprinkle with a little bit of lemon or lime juice, so it doesn’t brown.

2. Whip the eggs in a blender until it gets foamy. Add the maple syrup and coconut oil without stopping the blender. Then add the flour and carefully mix it in with a spoon.

3. Put parchment paper inside of the baking dish and spread with a small amount of coconut oil.

4. Put the pieces of apples at the bottom of the dish and put the dough on top. Bake the pie for 35-40 minutes in the oven with the temperature of 180C. Try not to open the oven door while baking, so the dough doesn’t settle down. The pie is ready when you will see light brown crust on top. Enjoy!

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Marianna Martinez is currently finishing training at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition to become a Certified Nutritional Practitioner. With all the education and experience gained she believes that balanced combination of healthy nutrition, exercise and spirit growth leads to a happy life and she would love to share her knowledge to help you reach your best well being. Marianna is still working on developing her consulting practice, but meanwhile her blogs and information can be found on her Facebook page.