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Mia, Founder of, Graciously Green, draws on her health education from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition's (IIN) cutting-edge Health Coach training Programme, as well as her in-depth chef studies in raw and plant-based foods, to provide plant-based cooking, health coaching and education, both in person and online. She also studied toxins in-depth and now leads raw food cleanses and liver detoxes. Graciously Green is sponsored by Hong Kong’s organic vegetable delivery service, Eat FRESH (www.eatfresh.com.hk)

An organic apple a day ... try my spicy apple snack recipe!

...can it really keep the doctor away?
September 2, 2013

Apple season is finally here in Hong Kong - yeah – fruit! And of course, I buy mine organic from Eat FRESH organic e-greengrocery!
 
One of the reasons I love eating locally is that it forces us to eat in season, which is great because nature knows what nutrition we need and when. For example, the seasons will soon begin to change from summer to autumn and we must make sure our bodies are ready for a drop in temperature.
 
Apples provide amazing nutrition which help towards preparing us for the change. For example, did you know that apples contain loads of immune-boosting vitamin C providing 14% of our recommended daily value! And that's’ not all, they really can help keep the doctor away:
 
They’re helpful for our digestion - Apples contain quite a lot of soluble fibre (about 4 grams per medium apple), which is not only great for our digestive system but also makes them a low calorie sweet and filling snack.
 
They can help protect against heart disease  - In the Iowa Women’s Health Study it was reported that, among the 34,000-plus women it tracked for nearly 20 years, apples were associated with a lower risk of death from both coronary heart disease and cardiovascular disease. Experts attribute the heart-healthy benefits to antioxidant compounds found in apples, which help prevent LDL (bad) cholesterol from oxidizing and inhibit inflammation.
 
They’re a great pre-workout energizer - Eating an apple before you work out could boost your endurance levels. Why? Well, apples deliver a special type of antioxidant, quercetin, which aids endurance by making oxygen more available to the lungs.
 
They protect our brain - This magical antioxidant, quercetin, found in apples also protects brain cells from degeneration!
 
Cinnamon Apples with Spicy Almond Butter
Yields: 1-2 servings
 
Ingredients:
1 TBS almond nut butter (or nut butter of your choice)
1 Apple
Pinch Himalayan or high mineral salt
1 lemon wedge
1 tsp. cinnamon
Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)

 
Method:
Chop the apple into 6-8 slices
Squeeze lemon over the apple to prevent from oxidizing (turning brown)
Sprinkle the cinnamon and salt over the apple
Place the nut butter In a dipping bowl or on the side of your plate, and sprinkle the cayenne pepper over the top (the pepper is optional)
Dip the apple pieces into the nut butter one by one…enjoy!
 
This is a great snack choice as it contains a plethora of healthy nutrition including antioxidants, fibre, vitamin c, good fats and protein from the nut butter, as well as metabolism booster from the cinnamon and pepper.
 
P.S. sorry I have not been blogging as often recently - I recommit to my blogging passion and sharing my recipes - I have been busy putting together my new online Cook, Eat and Live Clean e-course. For more information and to sign-up see here! It promises to be fun, easy to follow and will support you on a cleaner path of life and health!
 
 
 
Resources:
www.eatingwell.com
http://www.readersdigest.ca/food/diet-nutrition/7-health-benefits-apples

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