Apples are probably my most consumed fruit. I am a big fan of adding some to my oatmeal and eating apple slices with nut or seed butter as a snack.
There are SOO many apple varieties so its hard to break down the benefits of each but generally speaking they contain:
- -vitamin C
- -vitamin K
- -fibre (pectin)
They also contains important antioxidants and carotenoids that can decrease inflammation and their fibre content, particularly pectin can support heart and digestive health.
In Ontario you can get apples almost all year round but many people like to go to apple orchards in late September!
How should you prepare them?
- -On their own with the skin
- -apple slices with nut or seed butter to stabilize blood sugar
- -in desserts
- -on oats
- -on yogurt
- -on chia pudding
- -in salads
Bananas are one of my favourite foods and snacks because they are filling and you can travel with them so easily. There is a lot of fear around fruit and natural sugars but I think bananas can still play a big role in a healthy eating lifestyle.
Bananas contain good sources of:
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin C
Most people know that bananas contain good amounts of potassium which is why they have been seen to support athletic performance and support cardiovascular diseases.
Bananas can also support digestive health because of its fiber content. Some people find that eating a banana can help with constipation but not only that, they can support healthy gut bacteria levels.
Now, not everyone with digestive issues does well with eating bananas. People with candida or IBS may want to be cautious, at least for a period of time if they are following some type of gut healing protocol.
How do you cook with bananas?
- frozen chunks in smoothies
- frozen chunks blended up to make vegan ice cream
- on top of oatmeal, yogurt, chia pudding
- in banana breads and muffins
- banana egg pancakes
- with nut or seed butter