The saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” doesn’t lie! Apples are bursting with antioxidants, dietary fiber, and flavonoids, there is no wonder eating this sweet fruit does amazing things for the body. Apples are full of vitamin C, which block free radical damage and boosts the immune system keeping you healthy for work and your workouts. The high amount of dietary fiber in apples is great for keeping bad cholesterol from rising in the blood, is extremely beneficial for digestion, and controlling blood sugar.
Red apples also contain a unique antioxidant called quercetin. Quercetin has been shown to improve endurance, prevent oxidative damage, and have anti-inflammatory effects. This antioxidant particularly benefits athletes because it’s been proven to increase focus, muscle recovery, and may imrpove VO2max! All the more reason to eat them apples.
Fortunately, October is prime apple season so they are fresh and readily available at any grocery store. They can be cut up and added to your salads for a sweet contrast, cooked in your morning oatmeal and sprinkled with cinnamon, made into chips for a crispy snack…the possibilities are endless!
Tired of oatmeal? Try this Apple Pie Breakfast Quinoa for a breakfast packed with protein and fiber! Tweet this
Apple Pie Quinoa Oatmeal
- 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
- 2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- ½ teaspoon apple pie spice
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 2 medium apples, shredded
- 100% pure maple syrup, if desired
- Bring quinoa, almond milk, and applesauce to a boil in medium pot.
- Reduce to simmer and continue to cook for 15 minutes until liquid is absorbed.
- Stir in apple pie spice, vanilla and salt.
- Pour into bowls and top with shredded apples and a drizzle of maple syrup if desired.