In our quest for long-term optimum health, it’s easy to get caught up in the craze for the latest ‘super-food’ and neglect the really simple foods that our parents and grandparents ate, that can have profound health benefits for our bodies.

Here are 3 common foods which can be combined into one simple recipe for great health benefits.

Apples: Contain both insoluble fibre which helps to push food through your intestines and also soluble fibre in the form of pectin, which is fermented by your gut bacteria to form short chain fatty acids which have a number of benefits including pulling water into your large intestine to soften your stool and help relieve constipation.

Raisins: Contain good levels of fibre as well as potassium and polyphenols which have been shown to lower blood pressure.

Cinnamon: Adds a warm sweet flavour alongside numerous health benefits. Cinnamon can help balance your blood sugar and lower triglycerides and also has anti-cancer and anti-dementia properties.

Perhaps it’s time to rediscover this comforting, health-giving food. Just to remind you how easy it is to make, I’ve included a recipe. Now I realise that you could make this into apple crumble, and still get all the benefits above – and I do think it’s a great choice for the occasional indulgence. But to help you enjoy stewed apples on a more regular basis without the butter and wheat, I’ve included a few topping options too.

Healing stewed apples

  • 6 bramley apples
  • 3 handfuls of raisins
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Peel and chop the apples and cook with the raisins, cinnamon and a little water over a medium heat for about 10 minutes.

Uses and toppings

Use cold to top overnight oats or porridge

Eat warm with a heaped dessert spoon of ground up flax seeds and chopped nuts (I like Linwoods who do a range of options including one with ground flaxseeds, almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts and Co-enzyme Q10).

Add a dollop of live Greek yogurt or coconut yogurt for extra probiotics.

Add some berries for extra colour and phytonutrients – blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries.

Swap half the apples for some pears. Pears are sweeter than apples and contain sorbitol which acts as a natural laxative.

 

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