We hear lots about the latest super fruit or food- Acai, Goji, Kefir, Coconut Oil & Chai Seeds to name but an (expensive) few,
but we forget that some of the best nutrition comes from the food that’s right under our nose.
The humble Apple… shock horror something that grows on a tree in your back garden!
This convenient ‘fast food’ is great when you need a snack on the go, dashing between studios or during your interval.
Most dancers should be able to delve into their dance bags & grab this little ball of goodness to give your energy a boost and there’s more reasons too…
Apart from eating the humble apple in it’s purest form, you can also achieve so many delicious recipes and juices. Take a look at some of our favourites that we’ve made and discovered:
You Will Need:
200g Cooking Apples
2 Teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 Teaspoon baking powder
4 Tablespoons honey
2 x Large handful of raisins
Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/GM4. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper.
Cut up your apple into tiny chunks and add to a saucepan with 40ml of water and the cinnamon.
Stir on a low heat until the apples are soft and the cinnamon is evenly distributed.
In a mixing bowl add the oats, butter, baking powder and honey. Mix together with your hands or wooden spoon to form a dough.
Add the raisins and apple mixture and stir together. Make sure your apples have cooled slightly before adding.
Form the dough into 10 balls then press gently with a fork to form a cookie shape.
Bake in the oven a for 15-20 minutes, until golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
TOP TIP: As you can see these cookies are pretty healthy and will act as a great snack for breakfast or in between classes. Put them in Tupperware for on the go or create recipes for breakfast with them. Try crumbling over yoghurt or porridge for different textures. Add with other harvest fruits such as blackberries and pears.
Deliciously Ella’s Strawberry, Carrot, Apple & Ginger juice
When we saw this we were super excited as it includes all our favourite ingredients for juicing.
Ella says: ” Deliciously sweet yet not overly sugary, thanks to the veggie input, and with a wonderful ginger fuelled kick. It will do absolute wonders for your health and energy levels, as juicing allows extra nutrients to be absorbed since it effectively bypasses your need for digestion. I always notice how much brighter and cleaner my skin is when I’m in my juicing routine. All the Antioxidants, Beta-carotene and the Vitamin A really leaves your skin glowing. You are what you eat after all, and this juice is a bucket-full of goodness. ‘
Juice all together and enjoy!
Juice Master’s World Famous Lemon…Aid
Jason Vale, aka the Juice Master, is renowned for creating delicious, easy to make juices that are known for their health benefits. Learning about freshly-extracted live juice has been really beneficial and has taught us, as dancers, the wonders of living off fresh, natural and organic produce.
Here is one of our favourites as it is so simple and so delicious!
You Will Need:
2 x Golden Delicious Apples
1/3 Unwaxed Lemon
(serves 1 or double up the ingredients if you fancy more)
Sandwich the lemon (with the skin on) between 2 apples in the chute of the juicer- Serve over ice & a pretty straw (add the drama darlin’!)
TOP TIP: Add an inch of ginger to add a fiery kick (+supercharge the health benefits!) & you can also pour your fresh LemonAid into ice lolly moulds for a zingy refreshing, natural treat.
Jason Vale has a number of books & apps for further information, advice & inspiration- he’s down to earth approach to healthy eating is so easy anyone can follow it. Take a moment to look at his website & make up your own mind (we’re totally convinced here at RTB) http://www.juicemaster.com
Liz Earle’s Apple Exfoliating Mask
If you haven’t seen it already Liz Earle produces a gorgeous magazine every month called ‘Liz Earle Wellbeing’. It is a fantastic hub of information for nutritional recipes, advice and knowledge that you can trust. The website is actually where we got our apple facts from! Take a look here: https://lizearlewellbeing.com
Inside we learn even more about the humble apple and the benefits it can have on the skin. Full of vitamins, antioxidants and skin-boosting minerals, the apple can gently shift dead skin cells making it perfect as a toner for oilier complexions.
1 finely grated apple (or blitzed in a food processor)
1tsp honey (antibacterial manuka is a good choice)
Zest of half a lemon
1tsp granulated sugar
Mix the apple pulp, honey, lemon and sugar.
Apply immediately to clean, dry skin, rubbing in circular motion.
Once the sugar has dissolved and you can no longer feel the granules, wait 5 minutes before washing it off with warm water.
Finish with your favourite toner and moisturiser.
We hope that this has inspired you to eat ‘an apple a day to keep the doctor away’ and helps you find a fast food that’s good for you. Choosing something so simple can help achieve greater health benefits and provide energy from a natural source. Let us know if you try any of the recipes above or if you have any others you would like to share.
The RTB Team,
Miss Sally & Lou