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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.

                                Featured photo credit: Flickr/TowerGirl/CC BY 2.0 via flickr.com

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                                Last Updated on August 13, 2018

                                5 Exercises To Improve Intimacy and Create a Better Relationship

                                5 Exercises To Improve Intimacy and Create a Better Relationship

                                Making love can be simultaneously the most pleasurable and the most stressful experience that we share with another human being. It is a natural conclusion of the ritual of intimacy we engage in with a person we find attractive on both a physical and psychological level. Yet, we are far removed from our animalistic roots, and that which was once a matter of instinct has become somewhat complex. This is a good thing; we have grown as a society, and there are many factors involved when it comes to the relationship between sexual partners. However, we have also lost a great deal of the physical prowess our primitive ancestors had.

                                They engaged in a huge amount of physical activities daily — activities that ensured their cardiovascular system and muscles were in great shape, which allowed them to have healthy libidos, strong erections, and the muscular strength, limberness and endurance to maintain different positions for a long time without getting exhausted. Luckily, we can regain some of these animalistic traits with the right kind of training. Here are some essential exercises that will help improve your relationship, but making you more confident in intimate settings, which means that you’ll have more satisfying intercourse.

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                                  1. Cardio for Stamina

                                  If you’re out of shape, the first thing you’ll notice during intercourse is that you start to breathe heavily, sweat profusely and tire easily. This means you’ll have to shift your posture frequently and limit yourself to a few positions you feel comfortable with or significantly slow down the pace. A high BMI has also been linked to potential problems with erectile dysfunction. Cardiovascular exercises like running, jumping rope, swimming and cycling will build up your aerobic stamina and enable you to perform longer before becoming fatigued, thus having better intercourse. They’ll also help manage your weight, possibly helping performance.

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                                    • Running – 10-20 minutes a day (1-3 miles a day is more than enough)
                                    • Jumping rope – 5-20 minutes a day
                                    • Swimming – 30 minutes a day
                                    • Cycling – 30 minutes a day

                                    The time in minutes denotes time spent actively performing the exercise, and you need to factor in a bit more time for warming up before and cooling down after the exercises.

                                    These exercises can be performed every day or every other day, and the goal is to work on both endurance and speed. Don’t just go at a snail’s pace; constantly try to improve your time or add some mileage.

                                    2. Strength-Training for Your Lower Body and Core

                                    The next thing you’ll need to focus on is improving both the strength and muscular endurance of the hip flexors, abdominals and spinal erectors. These are the muscles engaged in thrusting and circular motions, and they also stabilize your body in a number of different positions. The legs also play an important role, particularly in standing and kneeling positions. Here are a few exercises that will help you strengthen up this area:

                                    Barbell squats
                                      • Heavy barbell squats – set up at a power rack at the gym and make sure you use proper form and weights that you can lift 3-8 times. Do this exercise before anything else in the gym for 4-5 sets to get big and powerful legs, as well as tighten up the muscles of the core. This is useful for both men and women, particularly if you enjoy the woman-on-top positions and standing positions. You can do hack squats on the machine if your gym lacks a power rack, but you won’t get the core-strengthening benefits

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                                      Zercher squat
                                        • Zercher squatsthis type of squat is a perfect way for guys to strengthen their body for standing positions where the woman is lifted off the ground. Build up a foundation of strength first, and then use lighter weights and go for 10-12 repetitions to focus on muscle endurance.

                                        Glute bridge
                                          • Glute bridgethis exercise is great for working the glutes and hip thrusters, and should be done for ultra-high reps —up to 100 — to increase muscle endurance. Once you become stronger in this movement, you can upgrade to the barbell glute bridge and keep the reps high — around 10 to 15.

                                          Hyperextensions
                                            • Hyperextensions – excellent for strengthening the spinal erectors, this exercise (or a variation of it) may be done in most gyms and even at home. Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 12 repetitions at the end of your workout.

                                            Ab wheel rollout
                                              • Ab wheel rollout – this is a great exercise for strengthening the abs, and requires only a piece of inexpensive equipment. It will help you stay stable and hold positions longer without getting tired during intercourse. Do three sets of this workout for as many repetitions as you can.

                                              Cross body crunch
                                                • Cross body crunchthis exercise improves your ability to perform explosive twisting motions, particularly good for improving your stamina in the spoon position where you’e lying on your side. Do 2 to 3 sets of this exercise at the end of your workout.

                                                Incorporate these exercises into your routine 2 to 3 times a week.

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                                                3. Upper-Body Strength Training

                                                Upper-body strength plays an important role in many popular sex positions where the arms are used to provide a stable base or hold onto the partner. These including missionary, doggy style, the stand and carry (with the woman holding onto the man’s neck) and others. Use these simple exercises to improve upper body strength and endurance:

                                                Plank exercise
                                                  • Plank – while bench pressing is great for building a big chest, you will find yourself in need of static strength, muscle endurance and a strong core. This exercise is a great way to increase the amount of time you are able to hold positions that require you to support yourself with your arms. For added difficulty, straighten out your arms like at the top of a pushup and hold as long as you can.

                                                  Close grip pushups
                                                    • Close pushups – a pushup variation that focuses on triceps, which are the first to give out during a prolonged missionary or similar position. Go for very high reps, 20 t0 50, to work on muscle endurance.

                                                    Chin ups
                                                      • Chin-ups – A great upper back and biceps builder, this exercise will also target the core if you try to be as straight as possible when lifting yourself up. You can jump to help make things easier, or just hold as long as you can if you aren’t strong enough to perform a single chin up. Do 3 to 4 sets for as many reps as you can.

                                                      These exercises, done about three times a week, will help you develop a strong upper body that can keep going and hold you up for extended periods of time.

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                                                      4. Pelvic-Floor Exercises

                                                      You don’t have to perform these at the gym, although you could do them after your workout without anyone even noticing. The idea behind Kegel exercises is to improve blood flow to the sex organs and strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor in both men and women. By locating these muscles and tightening and relaxing them for intervals of 5 seconds for 10 to 15 repetitions at a time, several times a day, you can improve pleasure and performance during sex. Women can tighten their vaginal walls for increased pleasure to both them and their partner, while men can delay ejaculation by tightening these muscles.

                                                      5. Flexibility Moves for Legs and Hips

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                                                        If you want to avoid getting cramps — or even worse, pulling a muscle during intercourse — you should do a few simple stretches every day. The more limber you are, the more comfortable you’ll be with more exotic poses. Here are a few simple stretches to improve hip and leg flexibility:

                                                        Take a few minutes to warm up with some light running or jumping jacks before stretching, and spend some 10 minutes on these stretches. You can do them in the morning and at night, or shortly before intercourse.

                                                        With just a few hours a week devoted to exercise, you can improve your relationship significantly. If you focus on these exercises, over time, you just might become dynamite in bed.

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