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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 December 13, 2018

                                12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

                                12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

                                Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

                                A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

                                1. Eat Before Heading Out

                                First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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                                2. Select The Treats

                                Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

                                3. Avoid Skipping Meals

                                Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

                                4. Drink With Moderation

                                It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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                                5. Be Active

                                You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

                                6. Get Out Of The House

                                Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

                                7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

                                Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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                                8. Set Realistic Goals

                                You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

                                9. Enjoy Yourself

                                Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

                                10. Drink A Lot Of Water

                                This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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                                11. Eat Less And More Often

                                Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

                                12. Prioritize Your Workouts

                                Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

                                So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

                                Happy Holidays everyone!

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