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
- Golden Delicious
- Granny Smith
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.
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