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By: The Working Girl’s Kitchen

This weekend at the farmers’ market, we walked away with a 7.5 lb bag of Empire apples at an incredible bargain price. Of course, I’m now tasked with figuring out ways to use up this large supply.

Here’s a super easy, healthy, snack recipe. The apples are not cooked, so all the nutrients are retained and not boiled or steamed away. I also kept the peels on half of the apples; it’s always good to eat the skin of apples to receive the full health benefits of this fruit. Also, no additional sugar/sweetener is needed.

Note, that I used a Vitamix for this recipe. If you use a regular blender, you will need to cut the apple into small pieces and may need to blend longer.

Health Benefits: Apples

  • Antioxidant: Apples have a strong ability to decrease oxidation of cell membrane fats. This benefit is especially important in our cardiovascular system since oxidation of fat in membranes of cells that line our blood vessels is a primary risk factor for clogging of arteries and other cardiovascular problems.
  • Cardiovascular: Both total cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol are decreased through regular intake of apples (about one apple a day). As stated above, apples protect us from possible oxidation of fats, which decreases the risk of many chronic heart problems.
  • Blood sugar regulation: The polyphenols in apples are capable of influencing our digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, which results in better blood sugar regulation in our body.
  • Anti-cancer: Some preliminary results show apples benefits several cancer types (especially colon and breast cancer). However, lung cancer benefits is the stand out in apple research.
  • Anti-asthma: Multiple studies have shown apple intake to be associated with the decreased risk of asthma.

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into the Vitamix/blender.
  2. Puree until you receive the consistency you want. I blended my mixture for about 15 seconds; we prefer our applesauce a bit more chunky.

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 apples, seeded
  • 1 lime, juice only