15th April 2020

Make an apple a day your core snack choice

Being at home and shopping less frequently shouldn’t mean compromising on healthy eating. A bag of apples will last a week or longer in the fridge and they boast a variety of health benefits. It’s easy to fall into bad snacking habits when we’re stressed but eating fresh fruit and vegetables is one thing we can all do to help ourselves.

Apples are made up of 86% water, providing a natural source of hydration to keep us feeling refreshed in the warmer weather. As a versatile fruit, apples can be enjoyed as tasty snack, either on their own, with peanut butter or even cheese, as well as incorporated into a variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes for all the family. Snacking on an apple a day is one healthy portion towards our recommended daily fruit and vegetable intake of five-a day .

Tom Sanders, Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at Kings College London worked with British Apples & Pears to outline the nutritional benefits of apples. He reminds us apples are full of vital vitamins, minerals and a wide variety of phytochemicals. Apples are also notably high in vitamin C and are rich in polyphenols – compounds with antioxidant and other health promoting properties.

It’s equally important we are getting enough fibre in our diets whilst being at home. Apples contain 1.2g dietary fibre per 100g, keeping us feeling full and satisfied when hunger strikes, as well as helping to regulate bowel movements . What’s more, apples are lower in calories than many snacks like crisps and cereal bars – just 50 kcal/100g for an apple compared to 150 kcal/serving for many cereal bars.

Simply swap out those sugar-laden snacks and grab a delicious apple as an easy, healthy alternative!