You know New York apples are juicy, delicious, and rich in vitamins and minerals, but you may not know they also play a role in promoting heart health. Apples are rich in soluble fiber, which can help lower your cholesterol, as well as flavonoids, which can help prevent heart disease by lowering blood pressure. February is National Heart Month, and we hope you’ll join us in doing your part for your heart by eating New York apples and other heart-healthy foods. From salsa to salad, here are a few heart-friendly recipes to get you started.
1. New York Apple Wheat Berry Salad
If you’re not familiar with wheat berries—whole wheat kernels with a chewy texture and nutty flavor—this salad is the perfect introduction. High in protein, fiber, iron and vitamin E, wheat berries are as nutritious as they are tasty. This salad combines the whole grain with juicy New York apples, sweet raisins, crunchy walnuts, and a fruity dressing of apple cider, raspberry vinegar and olive oil.
2. New York Baked Apple and Salmon Salad
Superfoods unite in this salad that’s perfect for a cold day! Tart, fiber-full baked Empire apples come together with fatty acid-rich roasted salmon and magnesium-packed pumpkin seeds for a meal that’s luscious but nourishing. If you can’t find chives for garnish, green onions will also work well.
3. New York Apple and Tuna Pinwheels
A healthy lunch or snack is just minutes away with these flavorful pinwheels. Heart-healthy tuna and fiber-packed apple slices come together with zippy roasted red pepper spread and a sprinkle of curry powder for a colorful twist on your average wrap. Make sure to slice the apples thin—it makes the pinwheels easier to roll.
4. National Almond Day: Chopped Salad with Chicken, New York Apples, Cranberries and Champagne Vinaigrette
We’re celebrating National Almond Day with this recipe from Earl McDermott of Central Square, NY, a winner of our 2019 Big Apple Salad Contest. Almonds are rich in vitamin E and antioxidants, which may help reduce the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. What’s more, almonds taste great when paired with New York apples! This nutritious salad is loaded with crunchy almonds, roasted chicken and plenty of chopped New York apples.
Haven’t entered the 2020 NY Big Apple Salad Contest? You can do so here.
5. National Tortilla Chip Day: New York Apple Salsa
Dip into National Tortilla Chip Day on February 24 with this fruity, spicy salsa that’s anything but ordinary. New York apple chunks marry beautifully with the sweet and tart flavors of bell pepper, red onion, tomatoes and lime. Feel free to adjust the amount of minced jalapeño pepper based on how much heat you like. We recommend scooping up this salsa with blue corn tortilla chips, although any type of tortilla chip will do.
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