An apple a dayThe 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.
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 40 minutes
- 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
- Preheat oven to 180°C.
- Remove cores from apples.
- Finely chop 2 tablespoons of walnuts and combine with raisins and sugar. Stuff mixture into cavities of apples.
- Arrange apples on a lightly greased ovenproof dish and bake until tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
- 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.
- Spoon sauce over apples and serve.