Apple with Peanut Butter is one of Amelia’s favorite snacks, and now it’s one of mine, too! For most of my life, the only way I would eat an apple is if it was baked into an Apple Pie. More recently, I added Healthy Cooked Apples to my repertoire. But now…I eat ’em raw!
In his book, “How Not To Die“, Dr. Greger mentioned how much he liked Honeycrisp Apples. He said they were sweeter and juicier than other apples. This was news to me. I thought all apples came in two varieties: sweet or tart. I didn’t realize there were different levels of sweetness and tartness and juiciness!
The only apples I had tried were Red Delicious and Granny Smith. Red Delicious apples were always mealy, not very juicy, and not very sweet. Granny Smith apples were always too tart for me, unless they were cooked into a pie with lots of sugar.
Following Dr. Greger’s recommendation, I bought a Honeycrisp Apple on our next trip to the grocery store. He is absolutely right: it’s sweet and juicy. And unlike any raw apple I’d ever tasted, it wasn’t mealy either…very crispy.
On our next trip to the store, I was determined to load up on those delicious Honeycrisp Apples. However, my curiosity was peaked.
“Do all the apples taste differently? Are there other kinds I might like better?”
As I was contemplating buying a different type just to try it, a woman reached in front of me for a Pink Lady Apple. So I asked her what they tasted like, and her eyes lit up. She said they’re even better than Honeycrisp Apples! I had to have one!
The Pink Lady is both tart and sweet at the same time, and it’s just as juicy as the Honeycrisp. The Honeycrisp is a little sweeter, but without the tartness. Both offer a flavor explosion in your mouth, without the mealy texture.
Now, I can’t get enough apples. They’re one of the healthiest foods on the planet, so I finally have a vice that won’t kill me!
You can eat them plain, but I prefer them with a little peanut butter. It’s a nice compliment to their sweetness. Be sure to buy organic peanut butter, or better yet, grind it up from fresh organic peanuts. Most Whole Foods and some smaller natural stores have nut butter grinders available.
If you’re trying to lower your cholesterol or lose weight, you may want to skip the peanut butter. I know Greger says it’s ok and that oil-free peanut butter is healthy, but I’m going with Dr. Esselstyn and Dr. Ornish on this one. My cholesterol was still very high and I was still overweight eating a WFPB diet for over 2 years until I reduced my fat intake to 10% or less of calories. The only way to eat a truly low-fat diet is to significantly reduce all sources of saturated fat, including nuts and avocados.