Did you know that apples help prevent weight gain and even aid weight loss? It’s true. They contain pectin, a substance that delays stomach emptying, keeping you full longer. Pectin also lowers cholesterol almost as effectively as drugs do. Whip up this recipe for applesauce spiked with green tea from The 17 Day Diet Cookbook.
4 medium tart green apples, preferably Granny Smiths, peeled, cored, and chopped
2/3 cup strong, brewed, green tea
2 teaspoons Truvia
4-inch cinnamon stick
Combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan and bring to a bubble over medium heat. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are very tender, about 30 minutes. Discard the cinnamon stick. Mash into a thick purée with the back of a wooden spoon.
Yield: 4 servings (four 1/2-cup servings)
Tip: The applesauce can be served warm or cold. Leftovers can be stored in a covered container for up to 3 days. Even better, store in one-serving ramekins or containers.
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