A new year for many often means setting new goals, such as getting in shape, getting out of debt or saving money. But did you know that in 2017, food prices are expected to increase by up to 5%? This is according to Canada’s Food Price Report by Dalhousie University, where some Canadian families can be paying an extra $420 in groceries this year.
Eating foods that are in season means consuming items that are fresh and produced in abundance during that time. In season fresh fruits and vegetables are available for cheaper prices. This can help you reach two goals for 2017, saving money and getting healthier!
The nutritional benefits of eating in season ingredients such as fresh fruits and vegetables are that these are items are nutrient dense and lower in calories, making for great snack ideas and substitutes for ingredients in everyday dishes and baked goods. In January, apples are one of the more versatile, affordable and nutritious foods that taste delicious and are in season.
1½ cups of all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1½ cups of peeled, cored and grated apples
½ cup oil
1 cup of white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
A couple of raisins (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350 °F and line a tall 9-inch round cake pan with parchment paper.
- Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and apples in a large bowl.
- Mix together the oil, sugar, eggs, cinnamon and vanilla in a small bowl.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.
- Put the mixture in the pan (top with raisins if you are using them) and bake for about 90 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Recipe adapted from All Recipes
Makes 16 slices
Nutritional Information Per Slice
Calories: 147 | Fat 7 g | Protein 2 g | Carbohydrate 29 g | Fibre 0.5 g | Potassium 28 mg | Calcium 13 g
Michelle’s note: I always love trying new recipes, especially when most of the ingredients I carry in my own kitchen! Apples are always a staple. What are some of your favourite, healthy-ish or made over recipes?