Did you know that eating an apple before your meal could help you to control your weight?
All About Apples
Did you know that eating an apple before your meal could help you to control your weight? Researchers found that when healthy adults consumed one medium-sized apple 15 minutes before a meal, their caloric intake at that meal decreased by an average of 15%. Apples provide several health benefits; these include: anti-oxidant benefits, cardiovascular benefits, benefits for blood sugar regulation, anti-cancer benefits, and anti-asthma benefits.
George Mateljan is a biologist and nutritionist who has written several best-selling books, including The World’s Healthiest Foods, Essential Guide for the Healthiest Way of Eating. Mateljan’s not-for-profit foundation has a web site called The World’s Healthiest Foods. For every food in their list, they provide a wealth of information: health benefits, nutritional profile, health benefits, how to select and store, tips for preparing and cooking, how to enjoy. Here is a link to their apples page: Apples.
According to the American Century Cookbook, the first Waldorf Salad was created in New York City in 1893 by Oscar Tschirky, the maître d’hôtel of the Waldorf Astoria. The original recipe consisted only of diced red-skinned apples, celery, and mayonnaise. Over time, different renditions of this American classic have emerged. Chopped walnuts are nearly always included; some recipes use yogurt rather than mayonnaise; grapes and raisins are often included.
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup celery, thinly sliced
- 1 cup red seedless grapes (or 1/2 cup of raisins)
- 2 sweet red apples
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 3 tablespoons yogurt
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- Dash of freshly ground pepper
- Toast the nuts in the microwave. Spread nuts evenly in a flat microwaveable dish. Cook on high for 4 minutes. Roughly chop the nuts (or simply break them with your fingers).
- Core the apples. Cut into 1/2-inch cubes.
- In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise and yogurt. Add salt and pepper. Mix in the apple, celery, grapes or raisins, and walnuts. Serve on a bed of fresh lettuce.
For a vegan version, replace the yogurt and mayonnaise with vegan mayonnaise.