How about them apples? How to eat fall’s favorite fruit with every meal
By Brittany Anas
So you took a trip to the apple orchard and came home with enough of the fruit to feed an army? Or better yet, enough apples to leave one on the desk of every school teacher in the district … and then some? Apples are at their prime right now — and the fiber-rich, crunchy, juicy fruit can be perfect at every meal. (P.S. Did you know that there are 16,000 varieties of apples? So you can get plenty of different flavors and mix it up).
Here’s how to eat them throughout the day:
At breakfast: Slice up a sweet honeycrisp apple and place the slices over your oatmeal. Sprinkle on a teaspoon of cinnamon or brown sugar. If you like a soft, cooked apple try cooking steal-cut oats in a slow cooker overnight with brown sugar. (Spray the slowcooker with a cooking spray so that your oatmeal doesn’t get stuck to the sides). The apple slices will soften and you’ll wake up to the perfect smell of autumn.
For lunch: Eat them on a sandwich. Instead of just packing it as a side, thinly slice up an apple and put it on a sourdough bread with melted brie cheese and sauteed onions. The sweet and crispy flavor is such an unexpected and delicious jolt to the tastebuds.
For dinner: Braise apples with chicken. For this recipe, you’ll use a little bit of ginger, and saute your onions and apples in apple cider and chicken broth for a perfect autumn-inspired meal. Serve over brown rice.
For dessert: Slice up an apple and dip them in a low-fat caramel dip. Our fave is the T. Marzetti brand, especially these fat-free, individual sized caramel dip packs.
For an after-the-gym snack: Your secret protein weapon? Little peanut butter packets. Spread some PB on your apple slices for an ideal recharge snack after a workout.
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