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16 Incredible Ways to Prepare An Apple

16 Incredible Ways to Prepare An Apple

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, as the old adage goes. If you have always thought apples were boring, here are some ideas on how to give them a makeover easily with sixteen creative recipes.

1. Caramel Apple Slices

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    Make your lunchtime apples more interesting by dipping apple slices in caramel. Slice apples and then soak them in salt water for a few minutes to prevent them from going brown. Make the caramel by mixing two tablespoons of water with two caramel candies and placing the mixture in a microwave for 30 seconds. Make sure you stir it well so that it’s smooth, then drizzle it over the apple slices before sprinkling them with chopped nuts.

    2. Easy Baked Apple Dessert

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      Hollow out the inside of an apple and stuff it with a healthy and delicious dessert! You’ll need:

      • 4 large apples
      • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
      • 1/4 cup brown sugar
      • 1/4 cup of currants or cranberries
      • 1 tablespoon butter
      • 1/4 cup chopped nuts
      • 3/4 cup boiling water

      Then:

      1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. During this time remove the apple cores – you can do this with an apple corer or paring knife. If you’re using a knife, a spoon can help to remove all of the seeds.
      2. Place the cranberries/currants, nuts, cinnamon and sugar into a bowl and mix it well.
      3. Place the apples into a baking dish. Scoop the sweet mixture you’ve made into them before adding a bit of the butter on top.
      4. Pour boiling water into the dish before baking the apples for 45 minutes. You want them to be tender and cooked.

      3. Apple Ring Pancakes

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        Imagine turning apple rings into instant pancakes: this is a great twist on traditional pancakes, and it’s easy to do. Core your apple, then slice it horizontally so that you have 1/4 inch circular pieces. Prepare your pancake batter, then dip the apple slices into it. Cook them in a pan until gently brown. Serve with honey or cream.

        4. Hot Cereal Apples

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          Make your morning oatmeal more exciting by serving it in a hollowed-out apple. Bonus: you’ll get great fiber from both the oatmeal and apple to sustain you all day. You can add yogurt, nuts and seeds for extra bursts of flavor.

          5.  Apple Turnovers

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          This is great if you have some overripe apples that you don’t want to go to waste. Fill ready-made puff pastry sheets with diced apples, cinnamon, and any tasty extra ingredients you want, then wrap them up before popping them into the oven. Bake them for half an hour at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

          6. Delicious Apple Salsa

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            Apples will revitalize your tired salsa dish by bringing some sweetness to its spice. Follow this link for the recipe. You can also spread apple salsa on bread or bagels, or enjoy it with tortillas.

            7. Crunchy Apple Chips

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              This is so much healthier than store-bought chips because apple chips are baked. You don’t even need a dehydrator.

              Core and slice the apples, then add cinnamon before placing them on baking sheets. The oven should be set to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. After an hour, turn the slices over. When they are dry and brown all over, take them out and place them on a cooling rack. You can store them in an airtight container so that you have a handy snack when you’re on the go.

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              8. Alcoholic Apple Popsicles

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                This is a fun recipe on hot days or for when you’re entertaining. Pit three cups of cherries and set them aside while you peel one large green apple and lime. Cut the fruit into pieces and pop them into a blender with the cherries. Add in one cup of whiskey and 1/2 a cup of the below sweet and sour recipe.

                Sweet and sour recipe: Put 1/2 a cup of sugar and 1/2 a cup of water on the stove so that the sugar dissolves, then add in one cup of lemon juice. Let it cool then add it to the recipe.

                Blend the ingredients together. Place the liquid into popsicle molds. Freeze them until solid (usually two hours) then insert the popsicle sticks and let them freeze overnight.

                9. Impress with Apple Sauce

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                  You can make your own apple sauce from leftover apples and wow your guests when you serve it on roasted pork or potatoes. You’ll need 1 cup of apples that have been peeled, cored and then chopped, 1/2 of a lemon’s zest, 1 teaspoon of caster sugar, 2 tablespoons of water, and 1 tablespoon of butter. Place apples, water and lemon zest in a saucepan and heat them on low heat so that the apples soften. Remove them from the heat and beat in the sugar and butter.

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                    Got some of that apple sauce leftover from your delicious meal? Use it to exfoliate your skin so you can get rid of dead skin and bacteria that contribute to breakouts.

                    You’ll need two tablespoons of applesauce, one tablespoon of ground oats, two tablespoons of honey, and one tablespoon of lemon juice. Mix all the ingredients together and carefully apply it to your face. Sit with it for 10 minutes before washing it off gently.

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                    Apples help to treat acne because they contain quercetin, a plant compound that prevents the release of histamine – this not only causes allergies but also acne. Tip: Red Delicious apples contain the most quercetin, so try to use these when making apple sauce.

                    10. Grilled Cheese With Apple

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                      Grilled cheese sandwiches get a new lease on life with crunchy apples. Slice an apple and add it to your sandwich before you place it in a panini press, griddle, or frying pan. Delicious, plus you get a daily fruit serving right there in your cheesy snack.

                      11. Apple Frittata

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                        Apples add a tang to this frittata recipe. The finished product resembles quiche, so it’s a great lunch or dinner idea. Cooking tip: make sure you use tart apples for an extra burst of flavor.

                        12. Apple Cinnamon Bread

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                          Give your regular bread a twist by making a cinnamon and apple loaf. You can store it for days after baking it, and it’s a great sandwich idea for work because you can slather on sour cream, cheese or butter. Apple is great in breads because it gives it moisture and keeps it soft, even after refrigeration. Here’s the recipe.

                          13. Refreshing Apple Granita

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                            Now that summer’s on its way, you want a refreshing drink. Apple granita is just that. Before you start this apple recipe, you want to make your own juice from apples, so read this easy guide. Then, take four cups of your homemade apple juice and add it to a saucepan. Add in two cloves, one strip of orange zest, and one cinnamon stick. Let it simmer for 10 minutes then strain it and allow it to cool. Freeze it in a pan and serve it chunky! You can embellish it with nut shavings on top.

                            14. Crunchy Apple Granola

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                              Granola is great as a stand-alone snack or you can enjoy it with yogurt, in milk or in salads for a nice crunch. Make your own delicious and easy apple-cinnamon granola. All the kitchen items you need are your trusty blender, a roasting pan and your oven to bake it.

                              15. Green with Envy Apple Smoothie

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                              Smoothies are a great way to start your day by bringing nutrients into your body. When making a green smoothie, add lots of green veggies to pack a punch with antioxidant content. Apples break the vegetable bitterness with their natural sweet flavour. They’re also low glycaemic fruits, which means they maintain your sugar levels. A must for smoothies that keep you going!

                              16. Peanut Butter Apple Stack

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                                Peanut butter contains large amounts of protein, and will make your apple slices taste even more delicious. Core an apple and add peanut butter inside, or smear peanut butter between your apple slices to create a tower. An easy and yummy snack for when hunger pangs arise.

                                The next time you have some apples lying around in the kitchen, use them in one of the above recipes for a creative snack sensation.

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                                Last Updated on February 21, 2019

                                12 Best Brain Foods That Improve Memory and Boost Brain Power

                                12 Best Brain Foods That Improve Memory and Boost Brain Power

                                Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                                But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                                I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                                Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory:

                                1. Nuts

                                The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                                Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                                Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                                Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                                2. Blueberries

                                Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                                When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                                3. Tomatoes

                                Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                                4. Broccoli

                                While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                                Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                                Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                                5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                                Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                                The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                                Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                                6. Soy

                                Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                                Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                                Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                                7. Dark chocolate

                                When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                                Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate:

                                15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                                8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                                Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

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                                B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

                                Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                                Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                                To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                                9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                                Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                                Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                                Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                                10. Gingko biloba

                                This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

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                                It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

                                However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                                11. Green and black tea

                                Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                                Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                                Find out more about green tea here:

                                11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                                12. Sage and Rosemary

                                Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                                Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                                When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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