Fall is finally here: the colors are changing, the weather is cooling down, and it is time for some perfect, delicious apples. Apple season lasts until the middle of October, which means the prime time to buy apples, is right now! So, next time you take a stroll through the local farmer’s market, pick up a few and take advantage of their sweet, sweet perfection.

Packed with nutritional benefits, apples are a reliable source of antioxidants, soluble fiber, and Vitamin C.  Incorporating the magical fruits into your diet will help your body build a strong immune system and promote a healthy heart.

Eating an apple on its own is certainly delicious but sometimes its also good to mix things up! Keep apples exciting by eating them in fun, new, and EASY ways! Here are some ideas to every day easy apple eating:

Spread peanut butter, almond butter, or maybe even pumpkin butter (t’is the season, right?) onto your toast and top it with a some thin apple slices. Drizzle a little maple syrup and cinnamon over the top and breakfast is served! Granny Smith’s are a great apple to use for this because it adds a nice tart flavor to the mix

Dip them! All kids love a chance to play with food, so, slice up an apple and let them dip away! Prepare easy, ready-to-go dips like peanut butter, almond butter, and hazelnut butter.

OR make your own! Here is an easy homemade dip to satisfy that sweet tooth while eating your apples:

Raw Caramel Dip

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup organic coconut oil
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons of raw almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla2 dates, pitted¼ tsp salt

Directions:

Combine all of the ingredients together in a high-speed blender until thick and smooth. Enjoy!

Lastly, another classic way for the whole family to enjoy and benefit from this fruit is by making applesauce! Try this recipe, which purees raw apples instead of boiled ones. The benefit of using raw apples is that you consume all of the original nutrients in the apple instead of boiling them away in cooked recipes. Try out this recipe:

Raw Apple Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 4 apples
  • ½ lemon
  • cinnamon (to taste)

Directions:

  1. Peel and core the apples. Cut them into chunks and add them to a food processor. Pulse to puree.
  2. Squeeze the juice from ½ lemon into the food processor and blend
  3. Add the cinnamon to taste and blend until completely pureed.

Note: If you are making these delicious snacks to pack in a lunch remember to sprinkle some lemon juice over your apple slices to keep them from browning throughout the day.

Happy Apple Eating!


Written by: Julia Pollack

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