The apple, the red juicy fruit that is a symbol of our beautiful valley in Wenatchee has healthy benefits. It
is low in calories, fat free, and a great substitute for candy or sweets. It also can prevent tooth decay. The
apple could be thought of as nature’s toothbrush.
Apples have a mouth cleansing property that no other fruit possess. Eaten after meals they have the
same effect as brushing your teeth with the added value of the nutritive content.
Apples are an easy pack and go food for lunch or as a snack to carry with you. There is no packaging or
preparation required. It’s just eat and go with a food low in calories, and good nutritive value. Next time
you are thinking about what to eat consider the apple with good benefits to your health, as well as your
Country Apple Sauce:
4 cups peeled apples
½ cup water
¼ to ½ cup sugar (or equivalent in artificial sweetener that can withstand heat)
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Place all ingredients in 1-quart or larger casserole. Cover and microwave on High setting until apples are
tender (approximately 7 minutes). Mash apples to desired consistency. Or, for stovetop cooking, place all
ingredients in medium-sized kettle. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until desired consistency
is reached. Serve warm or chilled.
EASY BAKED APPLES
4 large baking apples (2 ½" to 3" diameter)
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup walnuts
Sugar (or artificial sweetener that can withstand heat) to taste
Cinnamon to taste
Core apples without cutting through bottom skin and peel about 1" strip of skin from stem end of each
apple. If necessary, cut a thin slice from bottom of each apple so it will stand up right. Arrange apples in
shallow baking dish. Mix together remaining ingredients and place an equal portion of filling inside center
of each apple. Microwave on High setting until apples are tender (approximately 4 to 6 minutes)
rearranging apples once while cooking. Or bake in conventional oven at 375 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes
until tender. 4 servings.
(Source: TOPS NEWS/AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2011)