Oh, how I love the fall, not only for the array of comfort foods, but because it is the most incredible running weather here in Texas. After training through 90 and 100 degree heat for months, feeling chilly at the start of a long run makes me giddy.
The extra-easy snack I am sharing today is a perfect way to combine a love of outdoor activities with the bliss that is autumn: Cinnamon Apple Chips.
If you have apples on hand, you can easily whip these together in a matter of minutes. Following a slow bake and some cooling, you’ll have a feel-good, taste-great snack that (trust me) everyone will love. They are a fantastic snack option for Thanksgiving, too, so be sure to give these a trial run before next week so you can boast about thier deliciousness.
Apples, in general, are a great snack for running and exercising in part because they are rich in quercetin, a natural flavonoid that exists in the skin of many fruits and vegetables. Quercetin offers a host of antioxidant, anticarcinogenic and anti-inflammatory effects, several studies (1, 2) suggest it may improve your exercise performance, too, by increasing endurance performance and maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max). Take that, Doritos!
Eating some of these apple chips each day may very well improve your runs and keep the doctor away, but the cinnamon should share the credit: recent studies (3, 4) indicate that eating as little as 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon per day can lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels, boost cognitive function and memory, and even have a regulatory effect on blood sugar levels. Now get snacking, everyone!