Updated 3/18/2021 OK, so technically these can be for any day of the week, but Easter is coming, and I thought I would share some healthy apple treats. I used to hear the saying, ” An apple A day keeps the doctor away,” all the time. I don’t hear it so much anymore. I wonder why, as apples are one of the healthiest fruits you can eat. Now if you are diabetic apples do contain sugar, and therefore carbs, so they must be counted in a daily allowance. The Glycemic Index for apples is 39, and anything below 55 is low. Plus, apples have lots of fiber. I read that you can decrease the total carbs in apples by subtracting the total fiber, to get net carbs. This is not really for people with Diabetes, but more for people who may follow a lower carb diet for weight loss. Cool! Apples is one of two fresh fruits we keep in the house. Bananas are the other, but that is for another day.
What about apples is so great? Apples are high in fiber, which can reduce cholesterol, fill you up and help you lose weight. Apples are full of antioxidants which decrease inflammation, can help vision, reduce risk of cancer, and boost immunity. Here is one I did not know, apples phytochemicals, and polyphenols which can help with Asthma, or other respiratory disorders. Don’t remove the skin! The skin of an apple contains half of the apple fiber, and half of the polyphenols. If you don’t buy organic fruit, make sure you wash it in baking soda and water to help remove any leftover pesticide residue. This will make your apple even healthier. Be mindful of adding extras like ice cream, chocolate, or other high sugar and fat toppings.
Anyway, I found a website with a bunch of yummy desserts you can make using apples. You can find the original post here, and the links to the recipes. Here are some of them that I am considering for my Easter treats. Apple pie oatmeal cookies, apple coffee cake, oatmeal stuffed baked apples, apple cake, caramel apple shake, etc
Remember, if you have CKD, or Diabetes, you still need to eat in small amounts, and not over indulge, even for healthier treats. You can still enjoy Easter dinner, with family and friends, without causing harm to yourself.
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