They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away and for good reason. These crunchy delights are low in calories, rich in dietary fiber and contain good quantities of beta carotene, vitamin C and other antioxidants. Together, their natural make-up can help fight infection, lower the absorption of bad cholesterol (LDL) in the gut and help protect against the effects of free radicals.
Not to mention they are super portable, have a great "shelf-life" and can be used in almost any recipe.
So, given it's apple season I thought we would share a few of our favorite and super easy ways to enjoy one of this season's sweet treats.
Apples with yogurt dip:
This quick dip adds calcium, protein and probiotics to this already healthy fruit. Combine 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup almond butter and 1 tsp of raw agave or honey. If you're using vanilla or other flavored yogurt you can skip the agave and honey all together. Simple dunk your apple slices in the dip for pure deliciousness. Keep the dip in your fridge in an air tight container and enjoy it anytime.
Try them in a salad:
Toss chopped apples into any spinach, kale or dark leafy green salad to add texture and flavor. Use momme meals Momme FAST Vinaigrette to create your own homemade dressing. Top it with walnuts, pine nuts or sunflower seeds to bring increased crunch while adding protein, calcium and Omega 3 fatty acids that are valuable additions to any pregnant or nursing woman's diet.
On a grilled Cheese:
There is something so wonderful about a simple grilled cheese. Take this classic to a new level by using Ezekiel Bread, aged gouda and thinly sliced apples. The combination is just incredible.
Core and thinly slice your favorite apples. Sprinkle with cinnamon and place them on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper. Put them in a 170 degree oven for about 5 hours (cook time may vary depending on your oven but they should look shriveled). Allow them to cool completely. Place the slices in a sealable plastic baggie or in an airtight jar. These treats will keep for weeks and are a great snack for work, the kids or on long holiday car rides.
Not sure which apples to choose? This chart on The Spectrum of Apple Flavors provides information on 12 different apple varieties and details which ones are best for eating fresh, cooking and/or baking. Enjoy!