Loving the BITE: Autumn, Apples, and Sausage

  • Phytochemicals galore!  And, specifically, phytochemicals (remember, these are disease-fighting/preventing nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, spices, etc.) that regulate blood sugar by preventing spikes, inhibiting an over-release in enzymes that breakdown carbs into simple sugars, and reducing glucose absorption into the bloodstream (all reasons why apple are great for everyday nutrition, but not for training nutrition when you want and need glucose in your bloodstream).
  • Special, magic fiber.  Apples’ fiber goes beyond the status quo by having a significant impact on bad cholesterol and heart health.  It’s not something that can be extracted from the apple and taken as a pill, but a combination of the pectin-fiber in apples and its phytochemicals that work together to have positive health effects.
  • Satiety.  An apple averages about 60-90 calories for a baseball size.  This is the amount of 2/3 a snack-size candy bar.  You know, those little ones that you’re handing out tonight.  If you are hungry and want to feel full and satisfied while ooohhhing and ahhhing at the neighborhood kids’ costumes, which would fill you up better? An apple or a tiny piece of low-nutrient candy?  Well, the same is true in research; real, fresh apples satisfy hunger and decrease over-eating.
  • A remarkable boost to your good bacteria’s health.  These bacteria are the good guys, and your immune function, hormone balance, nutrient absorption, and more suffers greatly when they are not healthy.  Apples seem to alter the amounts and functions of two key strains of gut bacteria, Clostridiales and Bacteriodes, in the large intestine. As a result of these bacterial changes, intestinal cells thrive and become healthier.  Of course, the health of your intestines means everything to the health of your entire body.

Dinner’s done and all you’ve had to do is slice up a few items.  It’s the time of year for warm foods, but keep your dinner “light at night” by balancing your main dish with loads of vegetables.  I hope you enjoy this Ode to Octoberfest.

Fuel Your Ride. Nourish Your Body.

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  • Paul Kirby

    Made it today. Mine isn’t as pretty as yours, but it sure is good! Two thumbs up!! I ended up adding a bit of salt, pepper, and cayenne to bring the heat, but even without all that, it was excellent. Definitely adding this recipe to my rotation.

  • TarheelBornGal

    Sounds good! How many servings is it supposed to make? Two? Thanks…

  • Paul Kirby

    Mmmm…This sounds yummy. I’m going to make it! Thanks for sharing the recipe.