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!
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.