An Apple a Day

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October 2, 2013 by thehealthyheartcenter

Everyone has heard the popular saying, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” So it is no surprise that consuming apples is a great way to add some extra nutrition to a well-balanced diet. Apples are loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals, which all contribute to better overall health. Fall is the perfect season for getting your family excited about apples. A great way to get your kids interested in this delicious and nutritious fruit is to go apple picking as a family. Many local orchards allow people to spend a fun day on their property doing fall activities such as picking newly ripe apples. Not only is this a great way to spend time as a family, but a way to get your kids more involved in their food choices. Once you get home, have them help you cook a yummy apple recipe, like this healthy apple crisp from eatlifewhole.com (see below). Once they see how delicious apples can be, they will become more open to trying out other apple recipes!
 
Ingredients: 
  • 1 organic apple 
  • 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon 
  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats 
  • 3 tablespoons chopped nuts and/or seeds 
  • 1 teaspoon honey, melted 
  • 1 teaspoon butter or coconut oil, melted (optional ingredient) 
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice 
  • 3-5 tablespoons water 
  • pinch of sea salt – See more at: 
Steps:
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F with a rack towards the top of the oven (OR if you have a toaster oven, use that instead). 
  2. Wash, core and slice the apple (skin on for extra fiber). Toss with lemon juice and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Set aside. 
  3. In a small bowl mix rolled oats, chopped nuts, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and melted honey until well combined. Spread in a thin layer on a piece of tin foil and bake for ~5 minutes. Watch carefully to avoid burning. 
  4. In a small saucepan over medium heat, begin to cook the apples. Every time the pan starts to dry up, add a tablespoon of water. Cook for about 6 minutes until desired doneness. 
  5. Throw the cooked apples in a bowl and sprinkle with the oat and nut crumble. Enjoy! – 
 
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Authors

Dr. Wali Gauvin

Kendra Fink RD CPT

Jessica Griffin: Intern

Julianna Yi: Intern

Marielle Mangano: Intern

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