Apples are a delicious, healthy food to add to your daily diet. Packed with fiber, important nutrients and natural sweetness, there are many great ways to enjoy this tasty fruit.
1) Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Apples – Peel, core, and chop one pound of sweet red apples and two large sweet potatoes. Place them in a pot of boiling water and cook until tender. Drain well, mash with some of the cooking water and season with sweet spices such as cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
2) Maple Apple Topping – Core and slice one small apple of any variety. Place the slices in a small saucepan along with ¼ cup of maple syrup and 1 tsp. ground cinnamon. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring, until the syrup is hot and the apple is tender. Serve over oatmeal or whole grain waffles.
3) Sweet Peanut Butter Apple Slices – Core one medium-sized apple. Spread each slice with a thin layer of peanut butter and stick three to four golden raisins on top. This is a great kids’ snack and can be made with any kind of nut or seed butter.
4) Apple Date Oatmeal – Core and chop one small apple and place it in a small saucepan along with 1 ½ cups water, ½ cup unsweetened almond milk, two chopped pitted dates and a cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for five minutes. Add 1 cup of old-fashioned rolled oats, bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for ten more minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick before serving.
5) Quick Homemade Applesauce – Peel, core and chop several apples and place them in a blender or food processor. Process until mostly smooth. Then, season as desired for a sugar-free, additive-free alternative to commercial applesauce. The puree can also be used in place of oil in recipes for baked goods such as muffins.
Adding more fruit and other natural, whole foods to your diet helps you to feel good and look great! Try these recipe ideas and enjoy apple-based That’s it fruit bars as part of a healthy eating plan.