Healthy Apple Recipes for Runners

Who doesn’t love apples? Just don’t peel them because it turns out the skin on apples significantly revitalizes and helps strengthen the muscles! This is why runners –especially–should eat more apples.

Apples keeps a runner strong because ursolic acid in the apple skins, not only nourishes the muscles, but re-builds aging muscle fibers, according to University of Iowa researchers. For the perfect health pick-me-up, try these healthy apple recipes!

Recipes to Make with Apples

Healthy Apple Recipes for Runners

The newest research shows that apples, with the skin, have incredible recovery benefits for the muscles. So, try these delicious recipes to make with apples, and enjoy! Note: some of the recipes suggest peeling the apple. Don’t. Just leave it on to get full health benefits.

Green apple salad with pomegranate vinaigrette via Food Lion

Apple pecan rosemary Greek yogurt chicken salad via Cooking Classy

Broccoli apple salad via The Recipe Critic

Apple nachos via Trial and Eater

Apple cookies via Rachael Shultz

Healthy no-bake apple pie protein bars via The Big Mans World

Apple crisp smoothie via The Recipe Rebel

Baked cinnamon apple chips via Sally’s Baking Addiction

Apple pie oatmeal cookies via Amy’s Healthy Baking

Old fashion baked apples via Everyday Diabetic Recipes

Carrot apple bread via Averie Cooks

Healthy chewy apple cinnamon granola bars via Lovely Little Kitchen

Healthy apple muffins via Cookie and Kate

Healthy peanut butter chocolate chip apple snack via Stock Pilling Mom

Gluten-free apple rose tart with maple custard via Baking a Moment

Zucchini carrot apple muffins via The Lean Green Bean

Cranberry chicken salad on apple slices via Yummy Addiction

Apple cinnamon energy balls via Frugal Coupon Living

Apple cranberry walnut salad via Creme de la Crumb

Chewy raspberry apple granola bars via Amy’s Healthy Baking

Healthy apple crisp oatmeal bake via He and She Eat Clean

Apple pie fries via Cakes Cottage

Apple pie breakfast pizza via Athletic Avocado

Vegan toffee apple upside-down cake via Jamie Oliver

Apple cinnamon chips via Carries Experimental Kitchen

Low fat, high fiber oatmeal apple, banana muffins via Rock Recipes

Quinoa avocado and apple detox salad via The Iron You

Apple gouda stuffed chicken breasts with smokey roasted sweet potatoes via Rachel Cooks

Healthy apple cinnamon sugar muffins via Pinch of Yum

Cranberry walnut chicken salad via Celebrating Sweets

Tuna cranberry salad on apple via The Wholesome Dish

Healthy cinnamon apple chips via Cook.Craft.Love

Cinnamon apple energy bites via Recipe Runner

Healthy 4-ingredient flourlesss apple blondies via The Big Mans World

Apple pie oatmeal cookies via Amy’s Healthy Baking

Whole wheat apple cinnamon muffins via Sally Baking Addiction

Apple cranberry and almond coleslaw via Cooking Classy

Carrot, apple and oat breakfast cookies via My Fussy Easter

Apple oat Greek yogurt muffins via Running with Spoons

Cinnamon apple quinoa breakfast via Simply Quinoa

Chicken, apple, sweet potato and Brussels sprouts skillet via Well Plated by Erin

No mayo broccoli salad with blueberries and apple via Kristine’s Kitchen

Apple pie granola via Pumpkin N’ Spice

Kiwi apple zucchini puree via Simply whisked

Healthy apple crisp oatmeal bake via He & She Eat Clean

Raspberry apple smoothie with bananas via Jessica Gavin

Apple peach butter via Cook Pad

Make sure you check back here frequently as I am always adding new recipes to the list!

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Bretta Riches

"I believe the forefoot strike is the engine of endurance running..."

BSc Neurobiology; MSc Biomechanics candidate, ultra minimalist runner & founder of RunForefoot. I was a heel striker, always injured. I was inspired by the great Tirunesh Dibaba to try forefoot running. Now, I'm injury free. This is why I launched Run Forefoot, to advocate the health & performance benefits of forefoot running and to raise awareness on the dangers of heel striking, because the world needs to know.
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