An apple is one of my favorite easy on the run snacks. They don’t need prep or even a plate. I always have apples in my house. They can be super sweet to super tart. I personally like sour green apples, my boys like sweet red. That no problem, I don’t mind having them both in stock.
One apple has about 100 calories. They don’t have saturated fats or cholesterol. They are very low in sodium and high in Vitamin B6 and C. Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body. The skin itself is high in antioxidants which are thought to help protect us from heart disease.
Apples also contain a small amount of minerals like potassium, phosphorus, and calcium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure; thus, counters the bad influences of sodium.
One should eat apples or most fruit as they are, along with their peel in order to get maximum health-benefits. Sometimes we need to play with our food! I have a few fun ways to eat apples up my sleeve.
Wash, core, and thinly slice 2 apples. The apples can be sliced in any manner desired but the thinner the better. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and arrange the apple slices in a single layer on the sheet. Sprinkle cinnamon on the top of the apples. Bake the apples in a 200 degree oven for 2 hours (turn after the hour mark). The apple chips not only make a delicious snack, but they make the entire house smell good while they are baking!
Apple and Cheddar Quesadilla
¼ cup shredded cheddar cheese
½ diced apple
Apples and cheese? They’re a match made in heaven. Place them both between two tortillas and that is perfection. Thinly slice up your favorite apple. Take your cheddar cheese and spread over one tortilla. Top with apples and then add second tortilla. Place on a hot skillet. After a minute or so, flip. Cook other side. Slice and serve. Warm melted cheese, with a still crisp taste of sweet apple is so comforting and fun.
There is nothing wrong with adding fruits to your breakfast, lunch and dinner. The more the merrier. Have fun with your food. Make it exciting. Make it healthy.