We’ve all heard that an apple a day will keep the doctor away, right? Why is the apple so magical? And how do we eat the same thing EVERYDAY and not get completely sick of it?
Did you know that there are more than 7,500 different types of apple?
It’s true. Each one tastes a little different or cooks a little different from the one before. Meaning they all have great uses and flavors for whatever you like to do with them. How many apple flavors can you think of off the top of your head?
Go ahead and try. I’ll wait.
The average has been about 5. There are literally one and a half THOUSAND times that many flavors out there.
I like them raw. I eat apples with cheese (lately my favorite has been mini babybel cheese, but that changes as often as the apples). I also do apples with peanut-butter, nuts, cottage cheese, low-fat ricotta, fat-free greek yogurt or almost anything else that seems like a good idea at the time. I buy apples organic for the most part, so the flavors change automatically with the season. That makes it easy to switch off what you pair it with.
I also like to make applesauce, or cut them up into pieces and put them in the cooker with steel-cut oats to warm and cook overnight. I have also been known to can them with pears in a very light syrup with cinnamon for easy toppings later. Those go wonderfully on instant oatmeals, cold cereals, ice cream or just as a snack by themselves. Since they are already in jars and ready to go, they are super quick and easy.
You can also prep them ahead of time. Go ahead and slice them up and put them in baggies. So long as you squish a bit of the air out and put them in the fridge, they will last most of the week. You can even take your dip of choice and portion it into the corner of a sandwich baggie and tie it off. When you get to work or school – wherever your day takes you – just clip the corner off and you have your very own portion controlled piping bag!
I also have a corer/slicer that I leave at my desk. That way if I get the urge for a snack or forgot my breakfast, I can grab an apple and have it ready lickety-split. Click the picture to see the one I have.