Whenever you need an energy boost, eat a green apple. I read somewhere they make you more alert and it works. I serve them as an after school snack before doing homework. Your kids will love this super easy, power snack. I love eating it too.
To make, scoop some freshly ground almond butter onto the middle of a plate and place green apple slices around the almond butter. I buy mine at Whole Foods. You can use canned almond butter but make sure no oil is added so you get more nutrients and less fat. Some brands contain salt which adds to the flavor. Oil separation is normal in canned almond butter. Just mix and serve.
An apple a day really can keep the doctor away. Studies show the Vitamin C in apples reduce free radicals in your body which can lower your cholesterol and risk of cancer. Flavonoids and phytochemicals also reduce your risk of heart disease, asthma, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. Apples are rich in fiber, Vitamin A, E, B-6, potassium, calcium and iron. Make sure you eat the skin since many of the vitamins are in the skin.
You can drizzle some honey on top to sweeten the tartness of a green apple. Red apples are wonderful for you too. Please buy organic since many apples are heavily sprayed and some have arsenic in the pesticides. Apples are in the dirty dozen list.
Almond butter is a better choice than peanut butter. Almonds help your heart and risk of type 2 diabetes. They are packed with Vitamin E, magnesium, iron, potassium, and calcium. Vitamin E helps with fibroids and improves your skin and tissues. Magnesium helps regulate your blood sugar and pressure, supports your immune system, strengthens bones, and helps maintain normal nerve and muscle function. Magnesium lessens the strain on your arteries and veins.
Almond butter and apple slices are always a hit with my kids. I feel good giving them such a healthy snack after a long day at school. Plus, I do not have to worry about peanut allergies at play dates.
Enjoy this simple, power snack!