GUT HEALING STEWED APPLES
I am a huge advocate for the use of probiotic supplements but it's also good to incorporate healing foods into your diet.
- Reduces inflammation - flavonoids (antioxidants) in apples reduce inflammation & protect intestinal tissues from damage. - Reduces mucosal gut sensitivity - by suppressing histamine (reduces food intolerance). - Increases oral tolerance - immune system won’t respond to orally administered antigen (a food) unnecessarily. - Increases production of short chain fatty acids - the soluble fibre in apples (pectin) is fermented by the microbiota to produce SCFA to; improve gut barrier function (less leaky gut), reduce movement of bacteria through the gut wall, activation of the immune system & are anti-inflammatory & literally food for your enterocytes (gut cells).
*Adding cinnamon assists to regulate blood glucose levels & hunger hormones.
Clients report improvements in bowel regulation, form, reduced bloating and love this delicious dish and breakfast, lunch, dinner, or as a snack!
6 Bramley cooking apples (or apples of choice preferably grown organically)
1/2 cup of filtered water
1/2 cup raisins/sultanas (for added sweetness and fibre)
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups of organic natural / Greek yoghurt
Method 1. Peel and core the apples and chop them into small evenly sized pieces. To be honest if you have organic apples you can leave the skins on for added texture 2. Put all the ingredients in a covered pan and cook for approximately 15 minutes, stirring regularly. 3. Cook until soft with rough shapes, no longer identifiable as apple slices. The colour should be brown due to the cinnamon.
4. Add to yoghurt and extras. 5. You can double the recipe for a larger batch as this will store in the fridge for up to 10 days.
This is a medicinal food so it is recommended to eat two large dessert spoons daily! Add to porridge, chia puds, anything!