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Apples are abundant in Fall, and there are loads of ways to enjoy them…in breakfasts, smoothies, soups, salads and more! They’re a nutrient powerhouse and their fiber can help with weight loss. Apples contain vitamin C, vitamin A and folate. They’re also rich in cancer-fighting and anti-aging antioxidants. Apples are full of fiber which aids in heart health, digestive healthy, satiety and weight loss. The soluble fiber in the white inner part of the apple prevents cholesterol plaques from building up on the walls of the blood vessels, thus reducing your risk of heart disease. The insoluble fiber in the apple peel aids in digestion. Best of all, apples are tasty and can be a great dessert substitute.
While Fall is the time when North American trees bear their fruits, you can love apples year-round as well… they’re one of the few fruits you can ALWAYS find on store shelves. The tasty smoothie, breakfast, soup, salad and protein bar recipes below are some creative ways to incorporate the apple in to your diet every day!
Apple Ginger Kiwi Juice by GreenKitchenStories.com
This refreshing blended juice also contains cucumber and mint to help soothe the digestive system. The flavor is sweet, tangy and fresh!
Caramel Apple Green Smoothie
This smoothie is so sweet and creamy you won’t believe it’s free of sugar and dairy. Since it’s full of healthy protein, this is a great breakfast or post-workout treat!
Love healthy smoothies and looking for more with tasty fall ingredients? Check out my Fall Smoothies post!
Apple Parsnip Soup by Foodess.com
This root vegetable and apple soup contains all of the best flavors of fall and will fill you up and warm you up too! This is the perfect low calorie, low fat lunch.
Strawberry Apple Salad by NakedMoxie.com
This salad contains and incredible medley of fruits and vegetables including strawberries, apples, bell peppers, lettuce mix, avocado, cucumber, carrots and cherry tomatoes. Add a bit of feta for an extra bit of indulgence. Yum!
Chicken Apple Salad by TheGraciousPantry.com
This very simple salad can be prepared within minutes, and is also the perfect lunch to box and take with you to work. Made of only lettuce, chicken, apples and a vinaigrette!
Leafy Apple Salad with Creamy Balsamic Dressing
The star on this plate is the creamy dressing – entirely dairy free and tangy thanks to cashews, almond milk, balsamic vinegar, raisins and Dijon mustard…and the apples of course!
Are you as obsessed with tasty salads as I am? Have a look at my Fall Salads post for more great seasonal recipes.
Cinnamon Apple Pie Quinoa Parfait
This is a the perfect post-workout treat! So tasty, it feels like dessert! The nonfat Greek yogurt and quinoa provide tons of protein and will help you feel full!
Chocolate Apple Oatmeal Protein Bars by HeAndSheEatClean.com
This protein bar recipe includes applesauce rather than raw apples and is CHOCK full of protein and healthy fats. This is a good one for camping trips or for right after a super tough workout. If you’re looking for a lower-fat, lower calorie treat, try the next recipe by the same blogger.
Apple Cinnamon Protein Bars by HeAndSheEatClean.com
These low fat, low calorie bars are flavored with vanilla protein powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and vanilla extract.
Looking for more homemade protein bar recipes? Check out my Homemade Protein Bar recipe blog post!
At Athlean-XX for Women, we’re all about healthy nutrition because it helps us lose weight and have energy for our tough workouts! Our nutrition plan recommends combining proteins and slow-burning carbohydrates at every meal and snack to help keep you feeling full. In fact, the Athlean-XX for Women nutrition plan is anything but a diet – we actually recommend you eat more – 5 – 6 times per day! This type of diet will help turn your metabolism into a fat burning machine – when combined with our killer 30 minute workouts. Yes, with Athlean-XX for Women, eat more, exercise shorter but harder and weigh less! Join us on Team Athlean to start your lifestyle makeover now!
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