Friday, July 2, 2010

Apples the Perfect Snack

Apples are a highly under rated snack food. They are portable, healthy, come in a variety of colors and are very versatile. They are relatively low in price to make them accessible to all. They combine a snack with a drink by quenching our thirst in a nice juicy snack.

They are a zero fat treat that has the benefits of containing fiber and carbohydrates. They also contain a variety of wonderful vitamins & minerals including A, C, K, Calcium and Iron just to name a few.

Make sure to clean your apples. Eating the skin is recommended as lots of the vitamin's and minerals are contained in and around the skin area.

There are a variety of different types, colors and flavors of apples, which means there is a variety to meet everyone's taste.

I think kids would greatly benefit being led towards an apple as opposed to a fruit snack, a processed apple sauce, granola bar or crackers. Sharing a less processed snack with our children is a great life lesson and well as they produce a biodegradable core instead of a plastic wrapper or container.

We can even buy apple snacks now at McDonald's as a fry alternative although these contain preservatives and come in a plastic wrapper but they are still a better option than fries.

Some other great ways to serve apples to our kids are cut into rings after removing the core. Or after peeling into a crock-pot for a wonderful homemade apple sauce. It's your more ambitious a homemade apple butter will beat grocery store jam any day. There is always Apple Crisp's or baked apples that are a sweet nutritious dessert.

Let's simplify snacking and go back to basics. Let's just slice our apples at home for our children and store them in a re-usable container. Or just hand them apples to bite on like we did as kids! Are you with me? In fact, why stop there? Let's feed them to ourselves as well.

We have gone pretty far from a simple fruit when you look at all the snacks, wiggly-things, and more you can purchase at the grocery store. Let's complete the circle. The more I think about it the more I'm convinced that we can't go wrong. Cheaper, less processed, no garbage, a variety of colors and flavors and ways to prepare. We can feel good about what we are feeding ourselves and our families.

The apple might just be one of those near perfect foods.

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