An apple a day – you know what they say!
But, do you know why it might keep the doctor away? Apples are beneficial for so many reasons. They are on the list of top foods for detoxing and you will find them in abundance on the Digestive Divas’ Diet – especially on the detox portion.
Apples are full of wonderful nutrients. They’re loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals and many beneficial phytochemicals – specifically flavanoids.
What was that? Yes indeed – Flavanoids: a class of fabulously healthy plant chemicals rich in antioxidants that fight against cell damage.
Apples contain a particular flavonoid – Phlorizidin (no need to memorize that one!) which is thought to help stimulate bile production. Since the liver gets rid of some toxins through the bile, this can be a real boost to your detox. The pectin (soluble fiber) in apples helps detox metals and food additives from your body. If you’ve been driving through Mickey D’s lately – you’ll be needing that pectin for sure!
One last word of advice about the awesome apple before you get your awesome recipe.
Please buy organic whenever possible. Apples are on the list of the “dirty dozen” for pesticide content.
Apples are delicious plain, sprinkled with cinnamon, or topped with some almond butter. But if you really want a “Decadent Dessert” try these Baked Cherry Apples and top them with a dolop of coconut cream. You’ll have to get on a soap box to convince your family it’s a healthy treat! So don’t even tell ‘em – just let this yummy dish speak for itself!
Baked Cherry Apples
4 Granny Smith Apples or Apple of your choice
1-2 tbs. of cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 cup organic apple juice
2 tsps. frontier vanilla or maple flavoring
1 pkg. frozen cherries or dried cherries
4 tbs. finely chopped nuts for topping
Grade B Maple Syrup (2 tbs.)
Preheat oven to 350. Core the apples. Fill center with cherries. Mix apple juice with vanilla and 2-3 tsps. cinnamon. Place apples in baking dish and pour liquid over them. Sprinkle tops with remaining cinnamon. Drizzle each apple with a little maple syrup.
Bake in preheated 350 oven for approximately 45 minutes depending on size of apples. After 30 minutes, sprinkle tops with chopped nuts and continue baking until apples are done. Pierce with a fork and they are done when nice and tender.
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