All Things Apple: Reasons to eat them & 6 delicious recipes

Last month I was asked to promote Great British Apples as not only a great ingredient in recipes, but also as a healthy snack.

Funnily enough, one of my first blog posts, which I deleted when I moved from to my self-hosted blog, was about apples. My original idea for Healthy & Psyched was to pick a fruit or vegetable every week to tell you about. I had just finished an online course in Nutritional Therapy and was excited to share my new knowledge. But then I realised that takes A LOT more research to write the blog posts and I just don’t have time. Plus, there are a lot of great resources on the web already, for example I like Mercola, Organic Facts and Medical News Today.

However, I have the old blog post saved on Word so I can share with you my thoughts on apples and 5 reasons that they’re fantastic.

fresh uk apples

In my original post I said “I’ve got to be honest; I’m not brilliant at eating apples. I probably get through about 2- 3 a week. My mum has one every day with lunch, but most of the time I’m after something more satisfying after my meal like dark chocolate. However, writing this post has reminded me that apples offer a host of health benefits and I could try harder to incorporate them more into my weekly meals and snacks.” This, funnily enough, is still true today!

I also shared…

reasons to eat apples

5 reasons apples are fantastic

  1. They’re convenient. Apples are possibly one of the best grab-and-go snacks. It’ so easy to pop one in your bag if you know you’re going out for the day and will probably to get peckish. It’s unlikely to get crushed (compared to a banana or soft fruit) and will be okay if you forget it’s there for a few days!
  2. Apples are high in fiber. One medium apple with the skin on contains 15-20% of your daily fiber needs in the form of soluble and insoluble fiber. Fiber plays a role in hunger regulation and can help you feel satiated. For example, one study found that those who ate an apple before their lunch consumed less food than those in the control condition. I wouldn’t go eating an apple before every meal, but I do sometimes eat one if I know I’ll be having late dinner and don’t want to get so hungry that I end up eating my portion and what I was meant to be saving for tomorrow’s lunch as well!
  3. They keep the doctor away! Apples have a unique combination of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals (biologically active compounds). Most notably, vitamins A, C, E, K and B vitamins as well as potassium and magnesium. These vitamins help keep our skin healthy, our circulatory systems functioning and immune system on top form. Obviously, apples won’t literally keep the doctor away, but they can form a great part of a healthy diet.
  4. Apples can help to regulate your blood sugar. This helps us to avoid blood sugar spikes followed by dips, which can make you feel hungry and crave sweet food- which is not what you want!! Apple polyphenols slow down the action of enzymes which break down carbohydrates and the rate at which glucose is absorbed by the digestive tract.
  5. There’s an apple for everyone. There are an incredible number of apples in Britain which come in so many tastes, textures, colours and sizes. My favourites are a crunchy Gala, or sweet red Jazz – I always try and pick the darker red ones because I like those the best. You can find your perfect apple by taking the quiz on the Great British Apples website.


My favourite apple recipes

Usually I just munch an apple on the go, or if I’m at home I cut it up and sprinkle cinnamon on it. I also like to grate apples and make homemade apple sauce/ puree to as a sweetener in recipes.

Recently I tried to make raw apple ‘doughnuts’.

Healthy after school snack. Raw apple doughnuts.

They were really simple and fun to make. Just cut the apple horizontally, remove the core with a cookie cutter then spread on your favourite nut butter or even yogurt. Then add on toppings galore, such as hemp seeds, desiccated coconut and cacao nibs.

6 amazing apple recipes to keep you Healthy & Psyched

Healthy spelt carrotcake pancakes with apple sauce
healthy vegan carrot apple pancakes

Avocado chocolate brownies
gluten free brownie healthyandpsyched 1

Carrot & apple breakfast muffins
carrot and apple breakfast muffin

Fruity apple and pear granola pot
Planet Organic Paleo Granola Breakfast Pot smaller

Apple and mint smoothie bowl
creamy mint and apple smoothie

Superfood mince apple pie compote
healthy mincepie filling superfoods

What’s your favourite apple and do you ever think about which country it was grown in?


  1. February 27, 2018 / 8:04 pm

    I’ve seen so many posts today about delicious foods and I can honestly tell you, this has made my tummy grumble like a beast right now. I love apples more than anything and these sound like brilliant ideas to try! I’ve got a day off tomorrow so maybe I’ll be spending sometime making some of these delicious treats.

  2. February 27, 2018 / 8:05 pm

    We always have apples in the fruit bowl! Me and the kids definitely prefer the sweeter varieties rather than the more bitter ones. Love the idea of those raw apple doughnuts may have to try those with the kids!

  3. February 27, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    We always have apples around the house as Ash really likes them and bar say melon and pineapple he doesn’t really enjoy that much fruit. Great to know they are good for as well!

  4. February 28, 2018 / 10:24 am

    Apples are pretty much the only fruit that I actually like so I need to get into the habit of eating them more x

  5. February 28, 2018 / 10:43 am

    I couldn’t live without apples! I have several a day, including those in juices. My favourites are Pink Ladies, I can’t stand eating Gala, tasteless! But we use them for jucing as they are cheap and readily available. My favourite snack is apple and peanut butter! Or chopped apple and yogurt, or grated apple in Bircher muesli, or apple crumble … I just love apples, full-stop 😀

  6. February 28, 2018 / 12:02 pm

    Those raw apple donuts look fantastic! I never knew apples were so high in fibre either.

  7. February 28, 2018 / 12:36 pm

    We always have apples in the house and I love the look of those carrot & apple breakfast muffins. Thanks for sharing.

  8. February 28, 2018 / 2:01 pm

    I love apples and I always have it at home. Funny enough, I don’t usually make any recipes with it as they get eaten too quickly! Better buy more apples next time!

  9. February 28, 2018 / 4:36 pm

    OMG! you had me at apples. I love apples!! I eat them every day sometimes two per day. And now I am thankful for loving them so much. I knew they were good for you, but I didn’t know they had so many vitamins. I’m going to try the quickest recipe listed which is apple doughnuts….put peanut butter on my shopping list.

  10. February 28, 2018 / 6:34 pm

    I love apples and the kids love them too – I have to buy red and green ones to keep everyone happy

  11. February 28, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    I had no idea about apples helping to regulate blood sugar, so that is really interesting. I have a hormone imbalance and keeping my blood sugar steady is really important for me. I’d always presumed they were pretty high in sugar

  12. Yeah Lifestyle
    February 28, 2018 / 10:52 pm

    You are totally right, an apple a day keeps the doctor away..that’s what I keep telling my kids and make sure they eat lots of it

  13. March 1, 2018 / 8:46 am

    My Dad and son love eating apples but I’m not as keen unless they are in a crumble haha. I love the sound of the carrot and apple muffins though so will give those a try

  14. Dannii
    March 1, 2018 / 11:42 am

    You just can’t beat a juicy apple. Such a great snack, especially when dipped in peanut butter.

  15. March 1, 2018 / 1:40 pm

    Whilst I love eating apples I seem to only buy them when I am traveling and not when I am home. It’s crazy but somehow that’s is what I have been loving.

  16. March 1, 2018 / 5:51 pm

    I have to admit, I’m not the biggest fan of raw apples but I absolutely love cooking and baking with them. Those pancakes sound amazing.

    Katie xoxo

  17. Jemma
    March 1, 2018 / 6:06 pm

    We;ve always got apples in and buy them all the time. So great to snack on.

  18. March 2, 2018 / 1:11 pm

    Strangely I am not a fan of apples as desserts – – but the muffin ones look yum !

  19. March 2, 2018 / 7:07 pm

    Absolutely divine! I can’t wait to try a bunch of these at home. xx

  20. March 6, 2018 / 9:59 pm

    omg those pancakes seriously look so goooood. I got off the apple bandwagon last year and decided I didn’t like them that much – but I’m very much so back to liking them! (Now I’ve decided I don’t like bananas)

  21. March 6, 2018 / 10:35 pm

    I love snacking on apples if I have missed breakfast or for just a quick snack when I’m feeling peckish. Lady Pink ones are my fav!

  22. March 7, 2018 / 5:33 pm

    Soon my apple trees will be blooming; white and fragrant. These recipes are inspiring. Which to choose first? Muffins? Donuts? Pancakes? I guess I need to make them all.

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