Everyone’s heard the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But do you know why? Regularly eating apples (with the skin) may help lower cholesterol, decreasing the risk for heart disease.
Everyone’s heard the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” But do you know why? Regularly eating apples (with the skin) may help lower cholesterol, decreasing the risk for heart disease. They also have antioxidants (most are in the skin) that can help inhibit the growth of colon cancer and liver cancer cells. Plus, they are a good source of soluble fiber — the kind of fiber that helps you feel full longer and keeps blood sugar in check. So enjoy those tasty apples — sweet or tart — and the health benefits they provide! Try this recipe for apple chips, a snack you can take with you anywhere.
2 cups sugar
2 cups cold water
6 Gala apples
- Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, dissolving sugar to create a simple syrup. Remove the syrup from the heat and reserve it.
- Rinse apples of any dirt and debris. Do not peel the apples.
- Slice the apples very thin, a little thicker than a sheet of paper.
- Add the sliced apples to the simple syrup, evenly coating each apple slice.
- Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and coat with cooking spray.
- Remove the slices from the syrup and lay flat in the sheet pan.
- Bake the apple slices in a 225°F oven for 1 hour. Remove the apples from the oven and cool on a rack. The apples will be a little soft when initially taken out of the oven but will crisp quickly as they cool.
- Store in an airtight container.
Serving size: 20 chips. 105 calories, 0.14 g fat, 0.2 g protein, 27.46 g carbohydrates, 1.92 g fiber, 1.46 mg sodium.