14 Apple Recipes to Better Your Health

Now this is how you get your apple a day.

September 18, 2017
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Mitch Mandel

When it comes to favorite fruit, apples are king. According to a study, published in the journal Pediatrics, apples make up for almost 20 percent of a child's total fruit intake for the day. 

The survey, which examined children's daily fruit consumption, found that apples were the most popular fruit of choice—by far. And for good reason. 

"Fiber-rich apples also offer a healthy, filling snack for under 100 calories," says Lisa Moskovitz, RD. "The fiber promotes satiety because it is difficult to digest and therefore it stays in your stomach, keeping you fuller on a fewer calories for a longer period of time."

More: 13 Pairing Ideas for Smarter Snacks

That’s not all. You can also count apples as one of your go-to sources for a healthy heart. "One medium-sized apple packs in up to four grams of fiber," Moskovitz adds. "Studies show that pectin, a type of soluble fiber naturally found in apples, blocks absorption of cholesterol to help lower bad LDL cholesterol in the body."

Let’s not forget its antioxidant powers either. "Antioxidants and vitamin C, which are also found in apples, help boost immunity and anthocyanins," says Moskovitz. "[It’s] yet another powerful antioxidant that may help fight against developing Type 2 Diabetes."

It’s safe to say that the "apple a day" saying has held up through the years—for kids and adults alike. If you’re not already snacking on this powerhouse fruit, here are five recipes that’ll help you get your daily fill of the fresh, in-season rockstar.

Bacon-Apple-Cheddar Oatmeal
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Bacon-Apple-Cheddar Oatmeal

Bacon and apples combine for a sweet and savory bowl. Cheese provides a dose of bone-building calcium, while recent research shows polyphenol anti-oxidants in apples can help lower cholesterol.

Get the Bacon-Apple-Cheddar Oatmeal recipe from Runner's World Meals on the Run

Pork Chops with Apples and Collard Greens
John Kernick
Pork Chops with Apples and Collard Greens

Bulgur is a great addition to your meals and a great source of fiber. Bulgur or cracked wheat is a toasted, chopped form of the whole wheat berry and a staple in Middle Eastern cooking.

Get the Pork Chops with Apples and Collard Greens recipe from 2-Week Turnaround Diet Cookbook

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Apple Raisin Baked French Toast

Turn that stale bread into this comforting, delicious breakfast in just a few simple steps!

Get the Apple Raisin Baked French Toast recipe from From Freezer to Table

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Apple-Strawberry Crumble

Did your grandma ever make you apple crumble when you were young? Can you still taste the memories? This is that apple crumble. 

Get the Apple-Strawberry Crumble recipe from The All-Day Fat-Burning Cookbook

Colorful Kale, Apple, and Fennel Slaw
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Colorful Kale, Apple, and Fennel Slaw

Meet my slaw soulmate. It’s a vibrant, hefty, slightly sweet slaw that is great on its own.

Get the Colorful Kale, Apple, and Fennel Slaw recipe from Love Real Food

 
 
Turkey, Apple, and Chutney Sandwiches
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Turkey, Apple & Chutney Sandwiches

Take your traditional turkey sandwich to the next level with a homemade chutney mixture.

Get the Turkey, Apple & Chutney Sandwiches recipe from The Salt Solution Cookbook

'Baked' Granola Apples

Get your breakfast or dessert fix in just 10 minutes.

Get the 'Baked' Granola Apples recipe from Runner's World Meals on the Run

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Cinnamon-Apple Breakfast Polenta

If you're tired of the typical hot oatmeal breakfast (or if you're feeling adventurous and want to try something new), this polenta recipe is what you've been waiting for. 

Get the Cinnamon-Apple Breakfast Polenta recipe from The Sugar Smart Diet

 
 
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Apple-Sweet Potato Soup

This blender-pureed soup will pair perfectly with a simple grilled cheese sandwich or just a cut of French baguette. 

Get the Apple-Sweet Potato Soup recipe from The Diabetes Comfort Food Diet Cookbook

Apple-Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding

This recipe keeps things relatively low carb and high fiber and healthy fat, which will fuel you for hours without raising fat-storing insulin levels (like oatmeal would).

Get the Apple-Cinnamon Chia Seed Pudding recipe from The All-Day Fat-Burning Cookbook

Roasted Chicken Breasts with Sauteed Cabbage and Apples
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Roasted Chicken Breasts with Sauteed Cabbage and Apples

The term "split chicken breast" refers to one side of a chicken's breastbone, or what we would think of as a whole chicken breast. Cooking the chicken with the skin on keeps it moist, but remove it before eating to keep calories and fat low.

Get the Roasted Chicken Breasts with Sauteed Cabbage and Apples recipe from 101 Recipes You Can't Live Without

 
 
Pork Chops with Apples and Collard Greens
John Kernick
Pork Chops with Apples and Collard Greens

Bulgur is a great addition to your meals and a great source of fiber. Bulgur or cracked wheat is a toasted, chopped form of the whole wheat berry and a staple in Middle Eastern cooking.

Get the Pork Chops with Apples and Collard Greens recipe from 2-Week Turnaround Diet Cookbook

 Apple-Honey Oatmeal Muffins
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Apple-Honey Oatmeal Muffins

For an extra nutty flavor, toast the oats, and you'll appreciate the surprising treat. 

Get the Apple-Honey Oatmeal Muffins recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

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Apple Pie Smoothie

Your favorite pie, in smoothie form. We're already drooling. 

Get the Apple Pie Smoothie recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean

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