Apples have long been touted as a wonder food. Remember the old saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” That may not be far from the truth. I hope as you battle the monster, Alzheimer’s disease, you will take time to enjoy these recipes and get the wonderful health benefits from the amazing apple:
According to Pat Crocker, author of The Smoothies Bible, “Fresh apples help cleanse the system, lower blood cholesterol and aid in digestion.” (p.124) In addition, apples are a great source of vitamin A and contain some vitamin B and C and Riboflavin as well as pectin and boron, two very important phytochemicals.
Furthermore, In one study, women who consumed at least one apple serving per day had a reduced lung cancer risk while a study from Hawaii showed apple intake was associated with a reduced risk of lung cancer in both males and females.
In fact, in the Hawaiian study, apples (along with onions and white grapefruit) reduced lung cancer risk by 40-50% in both men and women while no protective associations were seen for red wine, green or black tea. Source, www.haveanaussieapple.com.au
So, now, let’s get to some recipes for life that are guaranteed sure to be simple, inexpensive and absolutely delicious.
Apple Pie in a Glass (adapted from The Smoothies Bible, Pat Crocker)
This smoothie has all the flavors of apple pie, but you drink it!
- ¼ cup apple cider
- ¼ cup silken tofu (try it, you’ll LOVE it!)
- ¼ lemon peeled and seeded
- 2 apples peeled and cored
- ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
- pinch ground ginger (optional)
- ½ cup applesauce
Combine all ingredients in blender and process till smooth.
Makes 2 servings
Apple Salad With Honey Mustard Dressing
- 4 stalks celery (leaves included), sliced thinly
- ½ cup walnuts (I use about ¾ cup)
- 4 large apples (combo of granny smith and fuji is nice)
- 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons mustard powder
- 1 clove of garlic (chopped finely)
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- Chop celery and place into bowl of cold water, refrigerate
- Prepare salad dressing: In small bowl, whisk together all ingredients
- Chop apples into bite sized pieces and place into medium sized bowl
- Chop walnuts into bite sized pieces and combine with apples
- Drain celery on paper towel and mix with celery and apples
- Pour salad dressing over apple, celery, walnut mixture and enjoy!
Both of these recipes use FRESH, RAW apples. So, the vitamins and nutrients are still in tact. I hope you’ll try these recipes and when you do, please let me know.