This week's "favorite food," is Apples! Apples are a staple at my house. Every Monday we stop at the "Healthy Food Store," and buy a bag of organic apples. The apples are always on the counter in a bowl, and they are my "go to," snack.
Generally, if my kids ask for a snack, I offer an apple... If they want something else, I usually encourage an apple first...
Sometimes they are excited about eating the apples and sometimes they aren't. But if I don't offer any other choices, they will usually take me up on my offer. They always end up eating them and are typically satisfied when they're done.
Apples are full of wonderful soluble and insoluble fiber. They help to keep cholesterol levels low, are great for balancing blood sugar, and help to cleanse the system by keeping things moving in the intestinal track.
There is a great deal of fiber content in the skin of apples and much of the vitamin C is located just under the apple's skin. Therefore it's a good idea to get your kids accustomed to eating the apple skin. If your kids don't like apple skin, start by leaving just a little bit of skin and then leave just a little bit more each time. Another option is to cut very skinny slices so that the skin in barely noticeable. Be aware that some apples have much thicker skin than others (such as Red Delicious.) Gala and Fugi apples have very thin skins and may be a good place to start.
To keep things interesting I serve apples in a variety of ways:
*Chunks (Cutting a big slice from each side making 4 big "chunks"
*Whole Apples... (My kids love getting to eat a whole apple. However, sometimes if they are larger apples, I know that they may not eat the whole thing. In that case I cut a "big chunk" and one kid gets the chunk and one kid gets the rest of the apple...)
*Apples with Nutbutter (fiber AND protein!)
*Apples with Slices of cheese (again, fiber and protein- plus calcium!)
*Baked (Microwaved 1 minute) Apple Donuts with sugar and cinnamon. (I used Coconut Sugar)
What kinds of apples do you usually buy? How do your kids like to eat them? I'd love to hear your ideas in the comments.