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7 Mouthwatering Apple Desserts You Just Can’t Resist

7 Mouthwatering Apple Desserts You Just Can’t Resist

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” And, though apples are delicious and crisp eaten fresh, their sweetness and tanginess makes them perfect for desserts as well. We all love the classic apple pie and apple crumble, maybe even with a scoop of real vanilla ice-cream. They’re classics for a reason, but this season it’s time to spruce things up and try something new. With that being said, here are a few mouthwatering apple dessert ideas.

Plus, with all the health benefits, you can sure count these towards your daily portion of fruit and veg. Apples are loaded with fibre, which helps prevent type 2 diabetes and protect against parkinson’s. Though there are over 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the United States (around 7,500 varieties are grown worldwide), make sure you grab the Red Delicious or Granny Smith to maximize your antioxidant intake.

1. Cheesecake-Stuffed Baked Apples

cheesecake stuffed baked apples

    This 6-ingredient recipe from Creme de la Crumb is simple and easy, yet brilliant and delicious. You get the best flavor if you devour them warm, but there is no harm in keeping them in the fridge for a day or two either. The nice thing about this recipe is that, although it only calls for 6 ingredients, you can easily customize it with your toppings. This recipe calls for graham crackers, caramel sauce, and pecans, but ice-cream, cinnamon streusels, and honey probably won’t go wrong, either.

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    2. Apple Dessert Pizza

    caramel apple dessert pizza

      Your family and friends won’t believe you when you say it’s pizza for dessert! Follow Carpe Season’s recipe to bring fun to any party with this gigantic sugar cookie topped with peanut butter, cream cheese, and apple. Caramel sauce and crunchy peanut toppings bring it all together.

      3. Apple Pie Shake

      Apple Pie Shake

        Who says shakes are reserved for breakfast? Unlike the traditional apple pie, there is no baking included and all you need for this recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron is a blender. This is a lower calorie option that you should be able to whip up in no time.

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        4. Apple Roses

        apple roses

          You will need a steady hands for these delicate apple rose tarts, but you’ll be sure to score extra points with your date. This recipe from Cooking with Manuela uses a lot of pantry staples, and if you’re using store-bought puff-pastry like the recipe calls for, the preparation will be done in less than 30 minutes.

          5. Candied Apple Ile Flottante

          apple ile flottante

            A delicate French dessert recipe, this literally means “floating island” and describes a light meringue on sweet and rich candied apple creme. Canelle Vanille’s recipes might require a couple of attempts, as they aren’t necessarily for beginners. The question is: Can you master the creme?

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            6. Apple Crisp Ice Cream

            apple-crisp-ice-cream

              Yes, this is real cinnamon apple crisp with crunchy streusels chopped up and folded into homemade ice-cream. If you can resist the urge to eat the apple crisp all up while it’s warm, you’ll be rewarded with Barefeet In The Kitchen’s delicious ice-cream. You won’t regret it.

              7. Apple Dippers Bar

              apple dippers bar

                Get everyone involved in this dessert activity. The secret to this recipe is all in the preparation, which you can easily do the day before. Make three dipping sauces: caramel, chocolate, and peanut butter, and serve them with a selection of toppings, from coconut flakes and salted nuts to mini marshmallows and chocolate chips. And why not have two to three different apple types also to fully customize this apple dipping bar?

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                With all these great recipes, you’ll be sure to find the right one for you. Don’t be shy to further modify these recipes and add your own favorite ingredients to fully make them your own. Bon appetit!

                Featured photo credit: an apple a day…/Michael Verhoef via flickr.com

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                Last Updated on May 21, 2020

                The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

                Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

                Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

                An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

                Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

                1. The Paleo Diet

                The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

                The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

                In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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                How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

                The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

                With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

                It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

                Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

                2. Whole30

                The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

                With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

                During the month you are eliminating:

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                • sugar
                • alcohol
                • legumes
                • grains
                • dairy
                • soy

                Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

                At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

                Finding Out How Food Impacts You

                Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

                With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

                This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

                3. The Mediterranean Diet

                The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

                For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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                With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

                • Fruits & vegetables
                • Whole grains
                • Legumes & nuts
                • Replacing butter with olive oil
                • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
                • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
                • Moderate amounts of red wine

                Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

                Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

                With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

                4. The Alkaline Diet

                The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

                The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

                Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

                The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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                People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

                One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

                Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

                There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

                The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

                What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

                The Big Takeaway:

                Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

                Featured photo credit: Dan Gold via unsplash.com

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