Ah, it’s that time of year again. FALL! Every basic girl’s dream because we get to go apple and pumpkin picking, frolic through corn maizes and have an excuse to wear boots and jeans. Well, let’s make it sweeter by adding another #sassyapproved recipe, shall we?
When you live in Upstate New York, or anywhere where apple trees are plentiful you may get over zealous and pick ALL the apples. Then with 3 bags in hand, you come home and realize there is no way you can eat 10 apples a day for the next 3 months. So, what happens? Rotten apples, major bummer.
This is not to say you shouldn’t go pick apples locally, because you absolutely should. Check out some local places here. This is to say DON’T let your apples go to waste. Instead, use them and enjoy them. Step one is to make the applesauce below and if you cannot consume it all, can it to preserve it and enjoy it year round.
Apples, especially those picked right from the tree are rich in Vitamin C and fiber. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and can be helpful in warding off colds, flus or sickness and this time of year we all know how vulnerable we can be. Fiber keeps us regular and most of us are not getting nearly enough. Did you know, the recommended amount is over 25 grams of fiber per day? If we are consuming it, most of us are consuming it from processed foods and “whole grains”. If we ate more vegetables and fruit, however, we could easily hit our fiber target and stay regular in the bathroom, and let’s be honest we all feel much better when we are regular 🙂
Ok, so apples are delicious and nutritious, wahoo! Buy and eat your apples from a local source. This is to ensure the best taste and the best nutritional benefit. You may notice that a local apple is not super shiny and has blemishes, THAT’S OK! The shiny “perfect” apple you may find in your grocery store could have been there for MONTHS meaning the nutritional value is minimal and the taste is lackluster.
Enjoy this simple, yet delicious recipe. I just made this at a recent health fair and people came FLOCKING over when they smelled the cinnamon and vanilla….and they were all shocked when I told them there was ZERO added sugar, woohoo! Forget the candle and make this instead, free smells with delicious food!
Enjoy your weekend and if you are going apple picking, share your favorite spots in the comments so we can all can reap the benefits too!