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The Healthy Family Meals Newsletter, Issue #52 -- Amazing Apples In Season
November 07, 2006
Welcome! Learn How to Combine Healthy Recipes with Family Adventure!
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November is here in full swing -- I know I have been craving the crisp taste of local New York state apples and have made and savored some homemade applesauce...yummy!
Research studies are showing that drinking 12 ounces of apples juice or eating two apples a day could help your heart....
And even better is the combination of both eating well and moving your body to prevent heart disease in your family.
Consider dancing as a wonderful physical activity for all ages and all seasons.....Thanks to the EATRIGHT Montana folks for these great ideas!
1. SWING your partner. Pick your favorite kind of music, grab a few friends, and dance the night away – at home or out on the town.
2. SWAY to the music. Rumba, Bossa Nova, Cha Cha, boogie woogie, calypso – take a class as a great way to get fit and learn new dance steps. Check online, in the phone book, or with adult education.
3. TAP across the stage. Dance classes with recitals and performances aren’t just for kids’ stuff; they are great ways for adults to get fit too! Just pick the steps you’ve always wanted to learn – jazz, tap, funk, hip-hop, or Latin.
4. TWIST and shout. Prefer the privacy of your home? A dance video may be just the ticket. Check out the options at www.activevideos.com .
5. WALTZ with me. Even gentle dance styles offer serious fitness benefits – like better balance, greater flexibility, and stronger muscles. Remember every step counts.
Try the easy recipe below:
RECIPE OF THE WEEK
Apple-Pear Crisp & Yogurt Dessert Sauce
Start to Finish: 60 minutes (a little longer prep time but worth the wait!)
At harvest time, there is an abundance of apples and pears. This dessert is a simple and wonderful way to use these autumn fruits. The sauce is a versatile substitute for sweet creams.
4 cups (about 6 apples) tart apples, peeled and sliced
4 cups (about 6 pears), peeled and sliced
2 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ cup sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 ½ cups quick-cooking rolled oats
¼ cup oat bran
¼ cup flour
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ cup margarine or butter
Yogurt Dessert Sauce:
½ cup part-skim ricotta cheese
½ cup plain low-fat yogurt
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with vegetable cooking spray.
In a large bowl, combine apples, pears, lemon juice, sugar and cinnamon. Transfer to prepared pan.
In a medium bowl, combine oats, oat bran, flour, brown sugar, and cinnamon. With pastry blender, cut in margarine until uniformly crumbly. Sprinkle topping over apple mixture.
Bake for 45 minutes. Combine sauce ingredients in food processor or blender; process until satin smooth. Chill until ready to serve. Spoon over warm dessert.
Source: Life’s Simple Pleasures by Karen Mangum, MS, RD
The apple tree is believed to be native to southwestern Asia. It cannot be cultivated in tropical climates because it requires a period of cold and dormancy in order to thrive. The largest producers of apples are Russia, China, the United States, Germany, and France.
The qualities to look for in an apple include:
For eating out of hand: a firm, juicy, tasty, crisp apple
For pies: a drier, slightly acid apple
For applesauce: an apple that does not discolor easily
When buying apples, test the degree of ripeness; give the apple a flick close to the stalk; a dull sound indicates ripeness, while a hollow sound is a sign of overripeness.
Choose apples that are firm, brightly colored, and free of bruises. Apples are graded according to their size, shape, and qualities.
Apples can be stored in the fruit drawer of the refrigerator, where they will keep for a few weeks. For longer-term storage, place them in a dark, cool (32 – 40 degree F) and very humid place to prevent them from drying out.
A medium size apple weighs about 5 ounces. Apples are a good source of potassium and vitamin C. They contain pectin, which helps to control cholesterol, blood sugar, as well as improving digestion.
Most of the apple’s nutrients are concentrated just under the skin, so it is best to eat unpeeled. Eating raw apples cleans the teeth and massages the gums.
Check out a new water drink company that was founded by Kara Goldin, a mother of four who cares about providing healthy beverages to families....she talks more below about Hint..
The idea behind Hint is simple: pure water, nature's original refreshment, accented with a hint of natural flavor.
No sugar, no artificial sweeteners: Hint is a refreshing alternative to sodas, juice and other sweetened drinks and it tastes great.
Sound good? It tastes even better.
We thank you for trying Hint, hope that you and your family enjoy it, and wish you excellent health.
Hint is available in many specialty markets and is also sold in fine spas and hotels. If Hint is not yet available in your favorite store, please ask for it.
Hint is adding new stores, spas and hotels every week and are also interested in school and corporate lunch programs.
What will your family do for healthier MEALTIMES?
Celebrating Healthy Families 2006
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Thanks for reading and have a great week!
Kindy --Your Family Dietitian
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