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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Saturday Switch: Fall is on its way!

September is here and fall is just around the corner. Many apple farms will begin opening this weekend and this may test your commitment to healthy eating! Apples on their own are always a safe bet, however, the tempting treats of fall (think apple fritters) may do more harm than good. Here are four ways to avoid overdoing it when you visit a local apple farm this fall:
  1. Eat a protein-rich breakfast before heading out for the day so you won't arrive hungry.
  2. Bring snacks and water. Make sure that you eat something every 2-4 hours and drink plenty of water.
  3. Pack your own healthy picnic lunch.
  4. Indulge! Having a seasonal treat is not an all-or-nothing thing. It is possible to indulge without overdoing it. Try making your own apple crisp with fresh-picked apples. 
This recipe is so healthy that you could even eat it for breakfast with a dollop of yogurt on top!

Healthy Apple Crisp
4 medium apples, sliced (leave the peel on for extra fiber!)
2 tbsp real maple syrup
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup rolled (old-fashioned) oats
2 tbsp walnuts, chopped 
2 tbsp canola oil
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon 
  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line an 8x8 inch pan with parchment paper (or lightly oil bottom and sides).
  2. Spread the apples in the pan. In a medium bowl, combine all remaining ingredients and mix well. Spread this mixture over the apples.
  3. Bake for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown and apples are tender.
In a hurry in the morning? Try this quick apple breakfast:
Slice an apple and place it in a bowl. Top it with 1/4 cup granola and a sprinkle of cinnamon then pop it in the microwave for 1 minute. Top with a dollop of yogurt or a splash of milk and enjoy! 

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