Today’s Superfood: Apples

You know what they say: ” An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Okay, maybe you can’t avoid the doctor forever, just by eating an apple a day, but they sure do pack a super punch when it comes to health properties.

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Apples are one of the most antioxidant rich fruits, which help to boost your immune system. They’re also a great way to regulate blood sugar. The natural sugar fructose, along with phytonutrients found in apples, accumulate in the bloodstream slower, preventing large spikes in blood sugar. Which means they make for a great mid-afternoon snack, to fend off hunger and get you through until dinner time.

Apple fun fact: There are 7,500 different varieties of apples found across the world!

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Apples are a great snack by themselves, but here are some tasty ideas and recipes to make them a little more exciting.

Apple Dippers: Apple Slices with a side to dip (peanut butter, flavored or plain yogurt, caramel) and some tasty toppings to sprinkle on (cinnamon, honey, coconut, favorite nuts)

 

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Cinnamon Apple Chips

3 medium apples (Pink Lady, Honey Crisp, or Granny Smith)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon sugar

Directions: Preheat the oven to 250⁰F. Wash apples and slice them into thin slices, using a mandolin if available. On a parchment paper-lined sheet pan, place the apple slices in a single layer. In a small bowl, mix cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the apple slices.

Bake for 30 minutes and flip. Bake for another 30 minutes or until slightly crispy.

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour

Yield: 6 servings

This allergen-free snack is the perfect way to spice up an everyday fruit! Your kid will love getting to lay the apple slices out on the pan and sprinkle them with cinnamon and sugar. For added protein, dip them in peanut or almond butter. Enjoy!

 

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Kid’s Apple “Pie”

2 medium apples (Pink Lady, Honey Crisp, or Granny Smith)

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon sugar

1 packet graham crackers

8oz of favorite spread: whipped cream cheese, peanut butter, almond butter, Nutella, etc

Optional toppings: coconut flakes, mini chocolate chips, walnut pieces, caramel, etc

Directions: Wash apples and dice them into small pieces. Add them to a microwavable bowl. Mix in cinnamon and sugar. Heat the mixture in the microwave for 1 minute. Stir and heat for another minute.

Break the graham crackers in half. Here comes the fun part! Let your child add their favorite spread to the center of the cracker, about 1 tablespoon. Add the toppings and enjoy!

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 2 minutes

Your kids will love getting to make their very own apple pies customized to their taste buds. Not only do they get to create their own dessert in less than 10 minutes, this recipe also helps develop their fine motor skills as they carefully tower on their delicious toppings.

**This recipe can easily be converted into an allergen-free dessert. You can use gluten-free graham crackers and change out the spread for sunflower seed butter.

 

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New School Year, New Blog

Welcome to the CUSD Nutrition Blog, we are so happy to have you aboard! We are excited to start this school year off with this new feature. Soon, you will start learning more about our program, have access to information on how to keep your kids and yourself healthy, and a chance to be a part of the menu creation think tank! We want this special area of our website to be more of a “community” than a boring old blog. For that to happen, we want to hear from you! Tell us what you think about the content we post, give us feedback on things you want more of, and work together with us to create healthier school meals not only in Chandler, but across the country. We invite you on this journey with us to make a healthier tomorrow.

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Wesley Delbridge, RD

CUSD Nutrition Director