Updated: Jul 6, 2020
It’s #Eatredappleday. The redder the better as these contain more antioxidants. And if you like the skin that’s great as half of all antioxidants are found in the skin, including vitamins C and A.
If starting out with weaning, your baby may not cope with the skin though so peel it off before grating or making a purée.
If your toddler won’t eat them whole, try them sliced with a sandwich (this was our after school snack yesterday), grated into porridge or rice pudding, on a tart, in a crumble or stewed and mixed into natural yogurt. The (work in process) crumble pictured is from the ‘Gruffalo Crumble and other recipes’ cookbook given to me by my sister which contains some really great recipes for children, using mostly healthy ingredients which produce really fun dishes! This recipe uses apple juice as a natural sweetener and so less added sugar is needed and I halved the sugar in the crumble topping and added some raisins instead. You could also serve apple slices with peanut butter….yummity yum!
And as they say ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away!’ – this maybe a bit far fetched but they are a fibre provider as well as being high in antioxidants; that may help prevent oxidative reactions that damage DNA linked to degenerative diseases and ageing.
So pass me a red apple someone!