Gwyneth Paltrow named her baby after it. It inspired Beatles album art.  It made Steve Jobs billions of dollars.  We should eat one a day.  Teachers love to eat them apparently.  And if you get one in your eye, it’s a good thing.

The Apple. It tempted Eve. It’ll tempt you. Too much? I agree, but it’s late and I’ve got to get this post up.

We’ve been told all our lives that an apple a day will keep the doctor away. There is truth to that old adage. Apples are full of fibre, so they’ll help keep your system running smooth, like getting a regular oil change for your car. Apples also give you vitamin C, although almost half of the vitamin C in apples is located just under the skin, so skin on is better; remember that, children, skin on is better.

Both of the recipes today are from Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean Diet Cookbook, but I had to pass them on because they are two of my favourite recipes. This first one is a perfect snack if you are getting tired of biting into an apple everyday.

No Cook Applesauce
4-6 medium apples, unpeeled, cored and quartered
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

Place all ingredients in a large ziploc bag.  Make sure all ingredients are evenly distributed.  Place in freezer overnight (or at least for four hours).  Remove from freezer and allow to thaw for an hour.  Gently rub skin from apples and place apple pulp into a serving bowl.  Mash with a fork or potato masher.  Serve cold.

I make this recipe almost once a month. The mayo substitute is creamy, especially after it mingles with the rest of the ingredients after a day or two. I promise you’ll love this one! You can also add cubed chicken for a true waldorf salad flavour.

Healthy Waldorf Salad
1 cup dices celery
1 cup diced crisp apples
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup seedless red grapes, halved
1 cup of cooked cubed chicken breasts (optional)
1/2 cup low-fat, plain yogurt
1 tbsp lemon juice

Replace the standard mayonnaise with yogurt mixed with lemon juice.

Place all salad ingredients in a large serving bowl.  Toss with dressing and keep refrigerated until ready to serve. It’s actually best the day after.

Apples are having to work hard to remain synonymous with fruits and not with electronics. Guys like this are not helping to curb the popularity of the latter.