Republished with permission from authenticselfwellness.com
Got the munchies? Skip the potato chips and try this recipe for Coconut Apple Chips! Not only are they delicious and easy to make, they are packed with nutrients to help you look and feel your best. You can use whatever type of apples you wish…Granny Smith apples are really delicious in this recipe!
Apples are one of the most underrated health foods out there. Many people write apples off as being full of empty calories and having too much sugar to really be good for you, however they cannot be more wrong.
Apples are often used to treat diarrhea and constipation, mainly due to them being an incredibly good source of dietary fiber. They are also used to help soften and assist in the passing of gallstones. Some research suggests that drinking apple juice for seven days with some olive oil can help make the gallstones leave through a bowel movement.
Researchers have also found that apples can be effective at reducing symptoms caused by allergies such as hay fever. Some studies suggest that certain natural chemicals that are found in apples, such as polyphenols, can help reduce symptoms of hay fever such as sneezing and swelling in the nose.
Apples have also been found to be very effective at assisting in weight loss. The peel of the apple contains a natural chemical called ursolic acid. This acid is suspected to play a significant role in speeding up the metabolism and in building muscle, which can assist someone’s weight-loss goals a lot.
Many people tend to avoid coconut oil due to it’s high fat content, however most research suggests that eating at least one tablespoon of coconut oil can significantly boost heart health. This is due to the MCT-saturated fat found in in coconuts. This type of fat assists in bettering heart health as it raises “good” (HDL) cholesterol.
Coconut oil can also help with weight loss as your body digests these types of fat differently. While most of the fat you eat from animal products gets converted to body fat, the fat that you get from coconut oil is more likely to be burnt off, being used as energy, rather than stored as body fat.
Coconut Apple Chips
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 1 to 1 1/2 hrs
- 4 or 5 organic apples, thinly sliced (no seeds)
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
- 1 or 2 tsp cinnamon powder
- Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Place apple slices in a large bowl.
- Drizzle in the coconut oil and cinnamon.
- Using your hands, gently mix the apples in with the oil and cinnamon powder until they are well coated.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay apple slices across it.
- Bake for 1 to 1/2 hours or until the apples are crispy.
- Make sure you flip the apples over every 30 minutes or so. Remove from oven and let cool.
- Enjoy them plain or dipped in almond butter!
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