Linda Quinn: Hi! I am registered dietitian Linda Quinn with New York Apples. Apples are the original fast food, ready anytime, anywhere and fill the will when hunger strikes. But did you know that apples can be added to meals and snacks to add flavor and nutrition? Try it and see for yourself.
Dice up. Add diced apples to soups, stir fries, casseroles and breakfast, even in cold cereal apples add fiber and help you feel great throughout the day.
Slice up. Slice apples and add them to snacks, sandwiches and salads for an added crunch and sweetness that only fresh apples can deliver. Sliced apples turkey and brie on bread can make a quick and healthy sandwich.
Dip up. Dipping apples are a great way to get kids to enjoy apples instead of chips. Add their favorite dips and you'll see the apples disappear. Apples and homemade dip or nut butter offer a healthier alternative to other sugar packed snacks.
Bake up. Baking apples caramelizes the outside of the apple and locks in the sweetness. When you roast them along with salmon or other entres your family will love the flavor and you'll love the nutritional benefits.
Adding apples to the mix is one of the best ways to increase nutrition in your family's meals and snacks and it's so easy because they love the sweet taste.
Natural apples are packed with vitamins, minerals and plant nutrients. In fact USDA scientists rated apples number 12 among the top 100 foods with the most antioxidant content.
So grab a bushel of apples at your local grocery store or pick your own at a nearby orchard and protect your family with good nutrition every day.