Potassium Rich ApricotsMay 27, 2010
Apricots have phenomenal nutritional value. Not just high in potassium, but loaded with goodness. There are few snacks that are easier to eat, making these great ways to boost your system. This fresh fruit is made up of vitamins A and C and of course, a high potassium content. Apricots serve as an excellent source of several minerals. Better yet, when apricots are dried, the calcium, potassium and iron contents increase significantly – providing goodness year round. Since ancient times, apricots have been used widely as sedative foods to provide relief to strained muscles and stressed out bodies. It also works to heal wounds and as a vital health tonic.
If you are anemic, apricot is an excellent source of minerals to include in your daily diet. Apricots have a high iron content which helps increase hemoglobin in your system. For women, this is a super food to snack on following your menstrual cycle.
The pectin content found in apricots acts as a laxative and is effective when treating constipation. The insoluble cellulose assists with bowel movements.
Better digestion means a no upset stomach and, better yet, means that you can better absorb the nutrition in what you eat. Try an apricot before each meal to see huge differences in how you feel. (That makes so much sense it even rhymes!)
The high levels of vitamin A in apricots are recommended for improved eyesight among other things .
The fresh juice of an apricot can be applied on eczema, itchy skin , sunburn and scabies. You will almost immediately experience a soothing feeling as it goes to work to repair damaged tissue.
Potassium Rich Foods – Apricot Recipes
So, apricots are easy to eat by themselves. But they are also fun to cook with. Any recipe that calls for fruitiness, raisins or just a little extra sweetness can benefit from apricots. Use them instead of adding sugar. I add chopped dried apricots to both salads and curry.
I. Apricot Stuffed BBQ Chicken
2 entire chicken breasts (300 grams), boned with skin
½ cup (28 grams) of dry stuffing mixture
¼ cup (37.5 grams) of chopped onion
2 tablespoons (26 grams) melted butter, unsalted
½ teaspoon (2.38 grams) ginger, grounded
4 apricots (140 grams), fresh and halved
½ cup (4 ounces) of apricot jam
1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) cider vinegar
1. Pound your chicken while it is facing skin down and slightly flatten it.
2. Combine butter, onion and ¼ teaspoon of ginger as your stuffing mixture.
3. Put your stuffing mixture along side each chicken breast.
4. Place your halved apricots on top of the stuffing.
5. Wrap chicken around filling; tie a chicken roll each with a string once every two inches.
6. Place on rack and barbecue on medium hot coals, about 5 ½ inches above the heat. Cook for 15 minutes.
7. Mix vinegar and apricot jam and the remaining ¼ teaspoon of ginger. Apply jam mixture over chicken rolls. Continue cooking until it is done.
II. Apricot Cheese Tart
36 oz. of cream cheese
6 oz. of sugar, granulated
6 oz. of heavy cream
2 oz. of orange liqueur
3, 11” tart shells, pre-baked
1 ½ teaspoon (1 ounce) vanilla extract
1 ½ teaspoon (1 ounce) lemon peel
6 oz. of almonds, sliced
12 oz. of red currant jelly
1 ½ oz. of lemon juice
1. Use an electric mixer to beat cream cheese and sugar, until smooth.
2. Add eggs, heavy cream, lemon juice, lemon peel and vanilla extract. Bake for 15 minutes at 350 or until set.
3. Arrange halved apricots over the baked tart in circles. Make certain that the apricots are dry.
4. Melt jelly in a pan very low heat.
5. Use a pastry brush and apply a thin glaze of jelly over the filling and apricots.
6. Sprinkle with almonds.
7. Cover and refrigerate until time to serve.