Homemade Applesauce

Fruit with Cup of yogurt and bread

With summer coming to an end and autumn approaching, it’s apple season! Besides being delicious, apples are extremely nutritious. Here are just a few of the reasons why an apple a day really does keep the doctor away:

Brain Food – Apples have been shown to help prevent neurological disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

Boosts Immune System – High in antioxidants, apples can keep you healthier and safer from a wide variety of illness.

Prevents Cancer – Researchers have identified compounds in apples that can prevent cancer growth in the colon, breast and liver.

Whiter Teeth – The act of biting and chewing an apple increases the saliva in your mouth, which reduces tooth and gum decay.

Decrease the Risk of Diabetes – Apples are full of soluble fiber, which helps control blood sugar swings. A recent study found that women who ate an apple a day were almost 30% less likely to develop type 2 Diabetes.

While a crisp, raw apple is perfect by itself,  we’ve got a great recipe for applesauce that you should try. There’s no added sugar, just a little cinnamon and all the natural sweetness of the apples themselves. Add this to warm oatmeal, spread on a bran muffin, or eat with a spoon! Whichever way you choose to enjoy the health benefits of apples, you’ll be making healthy a healthy choice!

Homemade Applesauce

Homemade applesauce recipe & photo courtesy of Kim’s Healthy Eats

6 apples, peeled and chopped (your choice of apple, but I would avoid the tart varieties like Granny Smith)

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 cup water

Bring all ingredients to a boil over a stovetop. Cover with a lid and simmer for about 20 minutes, or until the apples are soft. Remove from heat and either blend in a food processor or mash with a potato masher.

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