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Healthy Caramel Apples

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Apples
Apples, native to Eurasia, are members of the Rosaceae (Rose) Family, relatives of peaches and pears, and known botanically as (Malus species). Malus is the Greek term for “round fruit.” Everyone has heard the expression, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Apples are high in pectin, a soluble and help stabilize blood sugar levels. Eating apples stimulate saliva flow, promote good digestion, clean the teeth and stimulate gum tissue. Apples are rich in flavonoids, beta-carotene and vitamins, B, C and the minerals boron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and silicon. The tarter an apple is, the higher its Vitamin C content. Apples have long been associated with the planet Venus, the element of Water and the energies of peace, love and health.

Walnuts
Walnuts (Juglans nigra, J. regia) are members of the Juglandaceae (Walnut) Family. The genus name, Juglans, is derived from the Latin Jovis glans, or “nut of Jupiter,” a reminder of the belief that gods dined on walnuts. The Chinese refer to walnuts as “longevity fruit” because a walnut tree lives for several hundred years. Because of their resemblance to the brain, in many cultures walnuts are considered a good brain tonic and are now known to be rich in protein and essential fatty acids. Walnuts have long been associated with the Sun, element of Fire and the energies of consciousness and protection.

Dates
Dates (Phoenix dactylifera) are the fruit of a date palm, and member of the Palmaceae (Palm) Family. The genus name, Phoenix, is perhaps in reference to the mythological phoenix that rises from the ashes, as the date has its roots in the water and its head in the heat of the sky. The species name, dactylifera means fingers, which the dates resemble. The date palm is considered a symbol of fertility. Dates are high in carbohydrates, glutamic acid, tyramine, niacin, boron, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. Dates are a great transition food, for those leaving behind sugar and junk food.

Be sure to brush your teeth or rinse your mouth after enjoying dates, as their stickiness clings to the teeth. The date palm is used in making shelter, baskets, mats, rope and an Arab proverb is there are as many uses for the date palm as days in the calendar. Dates are associated with the Sun, the element of Air and the energies of strength and spirituality.

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Brigitte Mars

Brigitte Mars, a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, is a nutritional consultant who has been working with Natural Medicine for over 40 years. She teaches Herbal Medicine at Naropa University, Boulder College of Massage, and Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts and has a private practice. Brigitte is the author of 12 books, including Rawsome!. Find more healthy living articles, raw food recipes, videos, workshops, books, and more at brigittemars.com. Also check out her international model yogini daughter, Rainbeau at rainbeaumars.com.

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7:43PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

Got to try this. Thanks.

12:47AM PDT on Oct 21, 2011

Looks very good.

5:22PM PDT on Jul 4, 2011

Wow, the recipe sounds good! Yummy. Thanks for sharing this great article.

3:38PM PDT on Apr 30, 2011

I loved this recipe ! thank you v much ..

2:39AM PDT on Apr 28, 2011

Thank you for the video! I am going to try!

11:19AM PST on Dec 29, 2010

looks tasty

1:22PM PST on Dec 10, 2010

Sounds like a healthy yummy treat. Going to prepare these for our After Christmas get together! Thanks for sharing.

2:59PM PST on Dec 1, 2010

yum yum thks

1:28PM PDT on Nov 4, 2010

As I've never enjoyed the texture of carmel apples, I think I'll skip this variation as well, but happy crunching to the folks who do like this combination....

1:42PM PDT on Oct 20, 2010

This sounds delicious! Cant wait to try!

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