Harvest of the Month: Apples!
There is a saying that "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." This is because apples are full of vitamin C and other nutrients that help to keep our hearts healthy and prevent disease. Apples are a wonderful snack; they help us to feel full and travel well. There are many different types of apples—see how many you can try!
While they're delicious on their own, kids (and adults!) will also love eating them with these funrecipes!
Apple-licious Breakfast Sandwich (serves 1-2)
1 apple (*buy organic if possible)
2 Tablespoons nut or seed butter of your choice
1 Tablespoon hemp seeds
Core the apple and then slice it in half (making a round shape). Spread nut or seed butter on one apple slice. Sprinkle on hemp seeds and top with another apple slice. *Optional: layer on thin slices of banana.
Apple Pie Oatmeal (serves 1-2)
1 *apple, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup regular oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/4 cups unsweetened almond milk
1-1 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (and extra for drizzling)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice (optional)
2 tablespoons chopped walnuts, for sprinkling on top (optional)
In a medium sized pot, combine the oats, apple, chia seeds, applesauce, almond milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, ginger, and salt. Whisk well. Cook over medium heat for about 8 minutes, stirring often. When the mixture thickens and the liquid is absorbed, it is ready. Stir in the pure vanilla extract. Pour into a dish and sprinkle with chopped walnuts, a pinch of cinnamon, and a drizzle of pure maple syrup. Add a tiny bit of almond milk on top.
*Apples are part of the Environmental Working Group’s “dirty dozen” list of most contaminated foods and best to buy organic whenever possible.