18 Fun Ways to Eat Apples


By Davee Kaplan

Apples are a fun way to eat more healthy. Apples can be as small as a cherry or as large as a grapefruit. Some varieties have an aftertaste of pears, citrus, cinnamon, cloves, coconut, strawberries, grapes, and even pineapple. Experiment with different varieties and find a few that you like. Of the hundreds of apple varieties, the top five grown in the US in 2009 were:

  • Red Delicious
  • Gala
  • Golden Delicious
  • Granny Smith
  • Fuji

An apple a day can keep the doctor away.

Apples have no fat, cholesterol or sodium, and contain small amounts of potassium, which may promote heart health, maintain healthy weight and maintain healthy blood pressure. Cornell University food scientists say apples can also assist in the treatment of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The studies show the chemical quercetin appears to protect rat brain cells when assaulted by oxidative stress in laboratory tests.

Wash apples in cold water and they’re ready to eat. Try some of these ideas for different ways to enjoy apples.

1. Quartered apples in smoothies.

2. Caramel apples – try topping with nuts or granola for variety.

3. Chopped apples and raisins in rice pilaf – melt butter and saute onion and apples. Add enough apple juice to boil rice. Cook rice in mixture. Let stand for 5 minutes and stir in toasted almonds.

4. Diced apples in chicken or tuna salad.

5. Diced apples in potato salad – add diced potatoes to boiling water until potatoes are soft — approximately 10 minutes, drain. Add finely minced red onions, garlic, diced ripe avocadoes 2 tbls fresh lime juice, 1 minced jalapeno, finely chopped cilantro.

6. Diced apples on top of hot cereal.

7. Eat apples right out of the hand.

8. Grated apples in meatloaf or meatballs.

9. Grated apples on a grilled cheese sandwich.

10. Grated apples in a peanut butter sandwich.

11. Shredded apples in pancake/waffle batter.

12. Diced apples  in skillet apple-granola crisp – toast granola with butter, 2 tbls flour, 1 tbsp sugar, 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, and 1 tbsp lemon juice.

13. Sliced apple with low fat cheese and crackers.

14. Sliced apples in fruit salad – Slice fruit across the short side and on an angle. Add bananas, strawberries, pears, and apples.

15. Sliced apples in sandwiches – add to meat, poultry, or cheese sandwiches.

16. Sliced apples with peanut butter.

17. Sliced or diced apples on top of pancakes or waffles.

18. Stuffed apple with peanut butter – slice apple in half, scoop out the core, stuff with peanut butter.

Prevent apples from turning brown

Add a lemon juice and water mixture to sliced apples to prevent them from turning brown.  Use this mixture whenever you use uncooked apples in a side dish or have them on a sandwich.

More Information

http://www.allaboutapples.com

http://www.foodnetwork.com

http://www.dole.com

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About food4davee

Davee Kaplan loves to cook, write, make smoothies and juices, critique restaurants, and indoor garden. Food4Davee was started to write about healthy eating from a dancer's perspective. Davee has been dancing for 20 years with a background in salsa, ballroom, west coast swing, east coast swing, hustle, country, line dancing, and hip hop. She is currently on two Salsa dance teams performing and competing with Alma Latina Performing Arts School in San Diego, Los Angeles, Palm Springs, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. Davee has trained with world champions and local instructors. Davee is an expert author for Ezinearticles.com, writes her own blog, microblogs on Twitter.com and Facebook.com, has written product critiques for Amazon.com, buyer/seller critiques for eBay, service critiques for ServiceMaster.com, and restaurant critiques for Yelp.com and Zagat.com. Davee is focused on easy recipes, nutrition, and health and fitness. She has been cooking since 2002 after getting hooked on making beautifully plated dishes through donating some time with a wonderful caterer Battia Porat. Davee has helped prepare foods for weddings, special events, parties, and holiday events. Davee’s main focus is on healthy, fun, high-energy tasty dishes. She cooks with influences from all over the world. Follow Davee on her blog at http://food4davee.wordpress.com, and food4davee on twitter.com.
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2 Responses to 18 Fun Ways to Eat Apples

  1. Jen D. says:

    I have been getting fabulous, locally grown, organic apples in my boxes from Be Wise Ranch (www.bewiseranch.com). Thanks for suggesting fun ways to eat them. I also found out from Dr. Michael Greger’s annual presentation on the “Latest in Clinical Nutrition” (www.drgreger.org) that an apple called “idared” was recently determined to be second only to crab apples for beneficial antioxidants.

    • food4davee says:

      There are so many different varieties of apples, one can really enjoy experimenting and getting variety just from the different characteristics. Thanks for your comments.

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