Sponsored: What to do with ... APPLES
Have you ever bought a big bag of apples for yourself or your family with the intention of using them as a snack, only to watch as they sit, uneaten, on your counter or fridge? Tip: To keep apples fresh longer be sure and store them in your fridge in a plastic bag with holes punched in it
Don’t let those apples go to waste! Here are some ways to use apples:
- Breakfast – add chopped fresh or cooked apples to hot cereal or plain Greek yogurt for natural sweetness.
- Snacks – slice apples and spread with nut butter (sprinkle with mini chocolate morsels or dip into caramel sauce for a sweet treat)
- Lunch – add thinly sliced apples to hot grilled cheese sandwiches before grilling or to cold sandwiches or wraps to add crunch and sweetness; put thin slices of apple on arugula and spinach salad; add chopped apples to whole grains like quinoa, barley or wild rice.
- Beverages – Get out that blender or juicer to add apples along with vegetables to make your juice drinks or to make a smoothie. For an apple smoothie use milk or a vanilla non-dairy beverage, add vanilla Greek yogurt, cinnamon, or ginger. Note: for smoothies, peeling the apple ahead of time will make a creamier smoothie – but with less fiber
- Use the “low and slow” method (low temperature, baking for longer) to make dehydrated apple slices in your oven.
- Make apple crisp or cobbler
- Use your slow cooker to make applesauce
- Combine apples, cilantro, lime juice and onion to make a smooth or chunky apple salsa using a food processor.
Leah McGrath, RDN, LDN
Ingles Markets Corporate Dietitian