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Spill the Beans on Autumn Apples

posted Dec 13, 2011, 9:56 AM by Amanda Bontempo   [ updated Dec 18, 2011, 1:03 PM ]
With the weather changing and fall colors comes holiday sweets and treats and maybe an extra 5-10 pounds around your waistline. It's time to fall back into a healthy routine (the one that I know you cultivated over the bikini season).

Antioxidants have become part of our daily lexicon with a sexy Eve advertising pomegranates and "cleansing" acai juice drinks on grocery shelves. Autumn is the season to get back to basics and remember fall fruits like apples and pears with their white antioxidants and phytochemicals including anthoxanthins and quercetin.

The American Heart Association reminds us that the risk of stroke is reduced by 34-45% for every apple or pear you eat! That's huge. So enjoy autumn's bounty and eat to your health with every bite. Slice up some pear over your salad which, bonus, improves the feeling of satisfaction from lunch. Or enjoy an apple for a snack with low fat Laughing Cow cheese. Having company? Get creative in the kitchen and try this recipe for Scented Baked Apples which won't have your guests wondering where the apple pie went.

Scented Baked Apples (makes 6 servings)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Core & chunk 6 green Granny Smith apple
  3. Toss apple chunks with ½ tsp ground cloves, ½ tsp ground cinnamon, 3 tbsp Splenda, 3 tbsp wate
  4. Bake in a 9x9 baking dish for 10-15 min until apples are fragrant
  5. Sprinkle 1/4 c oats, 1/4 c chopped pistachios and bake for another 10-15 minutes until apples are soft & irresistible
Feeling indulgent? Plate a serving with 1/4 c low fat ricotta cheese sweetened with 2 packets of Splenda for a guilt free fall dessert that's good enough for grandma