AIP Apple Broccoli Sauté
You know what they say about an apple a day. Add this popular fruit to your plate with this AIP apple broccoli sauté.
Apples: A Sweet Treat
While bananas may be America’s fruit of choice, apples are close behind. But how do they fit in with AIP?
Pretty well, actually. While I do recommend limiting fruit on AIP because of the sugar content, a little bit can raise your spirits and give you a nutritional boost.
Not all apples are created equal though. Even an apple amateur likely knows that some apples taste sweeter than others.
That’s not your taste buds fooling you. Apples do vary in terms of their sugar content.
Tart Granny Smith apples have less sugar. You can try them in this recipe if you like the green guys.
Other apples on the lower end of the sugar spectrum include Red and Golden Delicious apples, which are also good choices for this dish.
Gala, Fuji, and Honey crisp apples are on the high end.
Benefits of Apples
Although sugar can be a concern with apples, they make up for it with their benefits.
Fiber is a big one. All of that fiber helps keep the glycemic index of apples more manageable.
Fiber helps to slow down your digestion and keeps your blood sugar from spiking sky high.
The other fantastic feature of fiber is that it helps to keep you full. Have you ever tried to eat more than one apple at a time? You probably wouldn’t want to.
The fiber, coupled with their high water content, makes them quite filling.
They’ve also got some other perks in and below their skin. Apples contain vitamin C, as well as some less familiar antioxidants.
Apples offer cholorogenic acid, phlorizin, and quercetin. Interestingly, all of these particular antioxidants help your body to deal with sugar in a positive way.
Broccoli is Also Excellent
I wanted to focus on apples because, as healthy as they are, they do have a bit of a reputation for being a high-sugar fruit.
It’s harder to find nutritional fault with broccoli, which has been a superfood long before nutritionists and bloggers started awarding unsuspecting foods with that label.
But just because it’s been kicking for a while doesn’t mean it’s any less nutritious. Broccoli is chock full of vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants, making it an ideal food for AIP.
The Guide to AIP
Looking for a little more guidance on what to eat on AIP? Then you definitely need to check out my definitive guide to the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol.
This free article offers a comprehensive overview of what AIP is, why you might want to follow it, and how you go about it.
AIP is challenging, but information is your best ally in your quest for better health.
A nutrient-packed apple-adorned side dish
- 1 head of broccoli, broken into small florets
- 1 medium apple, peeled and cubed
- Salt to taste
- 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) coconut oil, to cook with
- Add coconut oil to a hot frying pan and add the broccoli florets.
- Sauté for a few minutes before adding in the apples.
- Season with salt, to taste.
All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.
- Calories: 234
- Sugar: 12 g
- Fat: 14 g
- Carbohydrates: 26 g
- Fiber: 9 g
- Protein: 7 g