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Many of us suffer from mild digestive discomfort, bloating, constipation, or wind.  Help could be at hand from the humble apple!  Apples contain a soft, gel like fibre called pectin.  This holds water in our gut and helps to keep everything soft and moving along.  Naturopaths believe that good health starts with the gut, so keeping our gut happy, helps to keep us healthy. 

Seasonal Tip
Apples are filling the trees at the moment, and the new season's British apples will be in the shops soon.  If you are lucky enough to have an apple tree there are many good ways to preserve the abundance of fruit. One of my favourites is to slice apples very thinly through the core, remove pips and bake the slices in the oven at 120oC for 40mins, then allow to cool and crispen.    They can be eaten as they are, or used to garnish deserts and cakes.

Apple Oat Crumble
This hearty autumn pudding is full of fibre and low in sugars. 

Filling
450g unsprayed apples, chopped with their skins on
¼ teaspoon stevia
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Crumble Topping
100g wholemeal (or gluten free)  flour
90g porridge oats
¼ teaspoon stevia
1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds
85g coconut oil


Stew the apples with the stevia and cinnamon for 10mins until starting to soften.
Mix all the dry ingredients together, melt the coconut oil and stir through the oat mixture.
Place the apples into an ovenproof dish and cover with the crumble mix.  Bake at 180oC/gas 4 for 15-20 minutes, until the crumble starts to crispen and the apples are bubbling.
By Nutritional Therapist Polly Douglas, Graduate of CNM (College of Naturopathic Medicine) in 
Edinburgh

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