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 (see below). Once they see how delicious apples can be, they will become more open to trying out other apple recipes!
  • 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: 
  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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