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An apple a day

11/03/2014

an-apple-a-day The saying 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away' may be more than just an old wives tale. Apples are a powerhouse of nutrients and remain one of Australia's favourite fruits.

Not only are they portable, affordable and usually available year-round, apples are a rich source of phytochemicals and antioxidants, which have been shown to offer a number of health benefits. They’re also packed full of dietary fibre and are low GI, so they keep you fuller for longer, while the skin is a rich source of beta-carotene and Vitamins C and E.

Apples can be added to muesli and salads or eaten on their own with a sprinkling of cinnamon. You can also serve a thin slice of apple on a cracker with your favourite cheese for a healthy snack, or blend a cored apple with milk, yoghurt and cinnamon for a delicious apple smoothie.

Our favourite is this dessert recipe for Honey Baked Apples, to warm you up as the seasons change.

Honey Baked Apples

Preparation time: 10 minutes  

Cooking time: 40 minutes

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium Granny Smith apples, with skin
  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons raisins
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Manuka Honey
  • Juice of 1/2 orange
  • 1 cup grapes

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C.
  2. Remove cores from apples. 
  3. Finely chop 2 tablespoons of walnuts and combine with raisins and sugar. Stuff mixture into cavities of apples. 
  4. Arrange apples on a lightly greased ovenproof dish and bake until tender, 20 to 25 minutes. 
  5. Combine Manuka Honey, remaining walnuts and orange juice in a small saucepan and heat gently for 5 minutes. Remove pan from stove and stir in grapes. 
  6. Spoon sauce over apples and serve.