The 29th of Septemeber is world heart day, launched by the World Heart Federation in partnership with the World Health Organization, to drive awareness around the fact that cardiovascular disease, is one of the leading causes of death in the world

Since its inception, this day has been used to educate people on the ways that they can look after their hearts. One way is through a nutritious diet.

 

Why are apples good for your heart?

The saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away isn’t just something people say, there is actually some truth in it. 

Apples have many health benefits including benefits for your heart. One of the main reasons apples are good for your heart is because they are rich in soluble fibre which is known to help decrease cholesterol. 

Apple peels are also rich in polyphenols, which have antioxidant which are not only good for your heart but good for your health in general. 

Apples are chockful of nutrients and are one of the healthiest snacks you could have.

The combination of apples and oats is more than just a treat, it’s a nutritious heart-healthy combo you could even have for breakfast. Jungle Oats is a heart-friendly ingredient containing Beta-Glucan which helps to lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease as part of a heart-healthy diet.

 Ingredients:

  • 4 Apples (pink crisps/gala)

Filling:

  • 2 cups oats (You can use either Jungle Large Tiger Oat Flakes or Jungle Oats)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 
  • 1 large egg 
  • 1 cup low-fat milk 
  • 1/4 cup canola oil 
  • 3 Tablespoon maple syrup or Honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 

Optional extras:

  • 1/2 cup Chopped walnuts or nuts of your choice
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, raisins or chopped dried fruit

Directions: 

  • Core each apple making a deep well for the filling.
  • Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease a casserole dish that will fit the 4 apples. Place apples inside dish ready to be filled.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, mix together oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs until well blended. Mix in milk, oil, maple syrup/honey and vanilla. 
  • Add Oat mixture to milk mixture and stir well. If using optional extras, add this to the filling as well. 
  • Pour mixture into prepared apples in baking dish. 
  • Bake in the preheated oven until set – for about 45 minutes. Serve warm.

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Recipe courtesy of Jungle Oats.