There are few foods that feel as wholesome as apple pie. Had warm, it is soothing goodness on a cold winter day. And in summer, it tastes just as delicious out of the refrigerator. Apples are chock full of vitamin C and pectin, a compound that may help increase fullness. But by adding loads of butter, sugar and refined flour, we make apple pie a calorie feast that does more harm than good. Here’s how to rectify that with a few easy steps:

  • Replace the crust with crunchy whole rolled oats that have a fiber called beta-glucan, which helps ward off heart disease and diabetes.
  • Swap regular butter for the almond variety, because it is rich in monounsaturated fats, magnesium, iron and calcium.
  • Instead of canned pie filling, which has up to 20 grams of sugar in one third of a cup, use fresh Granny Smith apples for a healthy and nutritious dessert.
  • Add unsweetened coconut flakes for their antibacterial and antiviral properties, and to boost your dish’s good cholesterol levels, besides helping you burn fat.

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Simona is a journalist who has worked with several leading publications in India over the last 17 years, writing on lifestyle topics and the arts, besides interviewing celebrities. She made the switch to public relations and headed the division as PR Manager at ITC Hotels’ flagship property, the ITC Grand Chola, but has since returned to her first love, journalism. Now she writes on food, which she is sincerely passionate about and wellness, which she finds fascinating and full of surprises. When she isn’t writing, she is busy playing the role of co-founder and communications director of The Bicycle Project, a six-year-old charity initiative that empowers tribal children in rural areas, while addressing the issue of urban waste.