I am sure we have all heard 'an apple a day keeps the doctor away', but can an apple also replace our morning cup of joe? Well, after hearing this theory mentioned a few times, I decided to look into it.
Apples contain natural sugars, which your body can turn into energy. “An apple will have the same effect as a cup of coffee without the side effect of an energy crash,” says Kathi Casey, wellness coach, author, trainer, and owner of Healthy Boomer Body Center in Otis, Mass. “Any kind of apple will do, and there is a wide variety of apples to choose from, so you can pick the one you like best.”
Apples are a good source of many nutrients. A typical apple has 12% of the daily recommended intake of fiber, 10% of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C, and small amounts of minerals such as calcium, potassium, and manganese.
However, so that there is no misunderstanding - apples do not contain caffeine. While you won’t feel that instant buzz from an apple like you might from coffee, you will be energized and properly fueled to kick start your day AND it will be on a healthy note.
I do love my morning cup of coffee, but I am willing to try to start my day with an apple a few times a week to see if I feel a difference. It's a healthier option, so it's worth a try, right?!
Stay tuned for an Apple & Peanut Butter Oatmeal Breakfast Bar recipe I will be sharing soon!
How do you get energized in the morning?